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Motivated Ahly arrive in Tunisia for tough African CL mission

Ahly need to win against Esperance in Rades Saturday in the last eight round, to compete for the first Champions League title since 2013

Ahram Online , Thursday 21 Sep 2017
Al-Ahly's Ahmed Fathi (C-R) heads the ball during the CAF Champions League quarterfinal first-leg football match between Egypt's Al-Ahly and Tunisia's Esperance of Tunis at Borg Al-Arab Stadium near Alexandria on September 16, 2017. (Photo: AFP)
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A delegation from Ahly arrived in Tunisia on Thursday, two days before the must-win African Champions League quarterfinals second-leg game against Esperance.

Under the helm of coach Hossam El-Badry, the Egyptian giants Ahly, who saw a frustrating 2-2 home draw last Sunday, will hold their first training session on the opponent's soil Thursday evening.

"The game is difficult and needs concentration, but I have gotten through tougher moments in African tournaments and I trust my team's abilities to accomplish the mission," the 59-year-old coach has said.

The eight-time African Champions beat Esperance in Rades 2-1 after a 2-2 home draw to win the title in 2012.

In an attempt to give the players a morale boost, Wednesday's training session was open to the fans who packed Mokhtar El-Tetch Stadium, creating a feverish atmosphere on the eve of the team’s departure.

"The fans attending the training and all the cheers was one of the most emotional moments of my career. Our morale became very high and we were very motivated," he added.

Ahly are bidding for a first Champions League title since 2013.

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