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Preview: Buoyant Ahly aim to edge closer to Egyptian league summit

The Cairo giants will have a tough mission against resilient Harras El-Hodoud on Monday

Mohamad Mosselhi , Sunday 14 Dec 2014
Walid Soliman
Ahly's winger Walid Soliman (Photo: Ahram)
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Ahly are aiming to continue their wining streak in the Egyptian League on Monday when they face Harras El-Hodoud in Cairo.  

After their win over Smouha last week, the Red Devils advanced to the tenth place in the league table with 17 points, 11 behind leaders Zamalek.

Another win in Monday's clash will send the recent Confederation Cup winners into the fifth place, to inch closer to the league summit as they still have four matches in hand.

After defeating Smouha with an injury-hit list, Ahly will play El-Hodoud in better condition.

Defenders Saad Samir and Mohamed Naguib who missed Smouha's win will be available after recovering from different injuries.

Key player Walid Soliman will also be back also after serving a four-match ban, a big boost for coach Juan Carlos Garrido who missed the efforts of his talented schemer during the past four matches.

Ahly skipper Hossam Ghaly is to remain on the sidelines as his muscle injury needs another week of treatment, joining the list of absences that included goalkeepers Sherif Ekrami, Ahmed Adel and Ethiopian forward Saladin Said and Sabri Rahil.

On the other hand Harras El-Hodoud will also be eager to clinch the three points of the game to improve their position in the league table.

The military team are eighth in the league table with 19 points and a win would allow the team reach the top four.

Coach Abdel-Hamid Bassiouni depends on the great capacities of former international striker Ahmed Hassan Mekky who has scored four goals so far and winger Ahmed Sabri who produced a string of strong displays this season.    

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