Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry believes that the 4-2 win over Smouha on the 31st matchday of the Egyptian Premier League on Friday is good preparation for the upcoming clash against Morocco's Wydad Casablanca in the 4th round of the CAF Champions League group stage games.
Recently-crowned champions Ahly remained unbeaten in the Egyptian Premier League after the 4-2 away win over Smouha in Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium.
"Even though we have already secured the title, we did our best to achieve victory during the Smouha game," El-Badry said at the post game press conference.
"We aimed to prepare the players well for the upcoming game in the CAF Champions League, so I decided to rest more players so they are fit for the crucial away clash."
Ahly, who are leading Group D of the CAF Champions League with 7 points, are scheduled to face Morocco's Wydad Casablanca in the 4th round of the group stage on Tuesday.
The Cairo giants defeated Wydad 2-0 at home two weeks ago.
"The Wydad game is important as we work to achieve a positive result in Morocco," El-Badry said.
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