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Preview: Premier League runners-up Ahly face ENPPI in final matchday

Ahly are to host ENPPI in the Egyptian Premier League final matchday Sunday

Mahmoud Elassal , Sunday 2 Aug 2015
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File Photo: Abdallah El Said of Egypt's Al Ahly (2nd R) celebrates a goal with team mates during their CAF Champions League soccer match against Morocco's Moghreb Tetouan at Petro Sport stadium in Cairo, May 2, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
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After securing second place in the Egyptian Premier League, Ahly are set to face ENPPI in the league's final matchday at 19:30 Cairo local time (GMT+2) Saturday.

Ahly coach Fathi Mabrouk has sidelined first choice goalkeeper Sherif Ekrami from the 19-man squad he recalled for the ENPPI game.

The Ahy squad sees the appearance of Mohmaed "Gedo" Nagy, Nigerian striker Peter Ebimobowei and Ahmed Abdel-Zaher.

The Red Devils drew 1-1 with Smouha last week to send the league trophy to their foes Zamalek one week before the final game.

"Ahly players were in a hurry to win the game, and that affected them negatively. Also, bad luck and missed chances are behind the draw," Mabrouk said in the press conference after the Smouha game.

The game between Ahly and ENPPI is without consequence as the two sides saved their places in the Egyptian Premier League team table.

Ahly are second with 78 points, eight points behind title winners Zamalek, while ENPPI is third with 69 points.

Zamalek have finally ended the hegemony of bitter rivals Ahly, who have won the coveted title eight times in a row since Zamalek's last triumph in 2004. Two seasons were cancelled due to civil unrest in Egypt.

Ahly are working to save their CAF Confederation Cup title as they are competing in the tournament group stage.

They will face Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia on 8 August in the 4th round of the CAF Confederation Cup Group A.

The petroleum side ENPPI will play the game under the charge of team assistant coach Hussein Amin who took the lead after the resignation of veteran coach Tarek El-Ashri from his post after a heavy 4-2 league loss to Haras El-Hodoud in June.

ENPPI have officially appointed former Egypt and Ahly star Hani Ramzy as their new coach, starting from the new season.

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