Ahly have excluded key players from the team's squad for Monday's match against Lebanese side Nejmeh in the Arab Club Champions Cup opener.
Newly-joined French coach Patrice Carteron has sidelined Walid Azzaro, Ali Maloul, Islam Mohareb, Salif Coulibaly and Ahmed El-Shiekh from Monday’s squad, the club announced early Sunday.
The Cairo giants will host Nejmeh at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium in the round of 32 of the Arab Club Championship in front of 10,000 fans.
Ahly's arch-rivals Zamalek played to a 0-0 draw at home against Kuwait's Qadsia in the same round on Saturday.
The 22-man Ahly squad has been announced as follows:
Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekrami, Mohamed El-Shennawi, Ali Lotfi
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi, Mohamed Nagiub, Sabri Rahil, Ayman Ashraf, Saad Samir, Mohamed Hani
Midfielders: Hossam Ashour, Hisham Mohamed, Ahmed Hamoudy, Karim Nidvid, Walid Soliman, Moemen Zakaria, Ahmed Hamdy, Mido Gaber, Mohamed Sherif, Nasser Maher, Akram Tawfik
Strikers: Salah Mohsen, Marwan Mohsen
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