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Ahly can defeat Club Afircain in Tunisia, says skipper Ghaly

Mohamad Mosselhi , Wednesday 20 May 2015
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Ahly can defeat Club Africain again when both sides meet in Tunisia in the second leg of the African Confederation Cup round of 16, veteran midfielder Hossam Ghaly said on Wednesday.

The Defending champions claimed a narrow 2-1 win over Club African in Sunday's first leg and avoiding a loss on the road in the return leg on 6 June will be enough to lift them to the competition's group stage.  

"The game will be tough especially after our narrow win in the first leg," skipper Ghaly said on Ahly's official website.

"But I am sure that we are capable of claiming an away victory."

The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder said his side are not unfazed by playing the second leg away from home, given their past exploits in Tunisia.

Ahly were twice crowned African champions in Tunisia.

The first was in 2006 when they stunned Club Sfaxien with a last-gasp 1-0 win, lifting the trophy with a 2-1 aggregate win, while the second was in 2012 when they defeated Esperance 2-1 in the second leg after a 1-1 draw in Cairo.  

"We are used to being successful against Tunisian sides," Ghaly added.

"We played many times there and we know well how to deal with the pressure in Tunisia. We will be without several key players but we are ready for all challenges.''

Ahly's attacking trio Moemen Zakareya, Mahmoud 'Trezeguet' Hassan and Ahmed Abdel-Zaher will miss the Club Africain clash due to injuries. Winger Walid Soliman remains doubtful.

On the other hand, Club Africain will be without key striker Saber Khalifa, who is suspended after receiving a red card in the first leg. 

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