Last Update 17:6
Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Preview: Ahly hope to overcome obstacles against tough opponet Horoya AC in Champions League quarter

Ahram Online , Thursday 13 Sep 2018
Egypt
Egypt's Al Ahly players celebrate after scoring against Esperance Sportive de Tunis. (Reuters)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1533
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1533

The Egypt champion Ahly have a number of hurdles to overcome in Conakry on Friday when the injury-plagued Cairo giants face Horoya AC of Guinea in the first-leg of in the African Champions League quarters.

Despite a poor start in the competition's group stage as they lost five points in their first two games, Ahly qualified for the quarter finals as group leaders after claiming four successive wins.

The mediocre level of Ahly's rivals in the group stages, especially Kampala of Uganda and Township Rollers of Botswana, allowed the eight-time African champions to bounce-back quickly from their slow start.

But It will not be as easy for Ahly on Friday when the Red Devils face a tougher opponent in the Guineans, who qualified for the last top eight at the expense of 2016 African Champions Sundowns of South Africa after securing the second place in Group C behind leaders Wydad de Casablanca of Morocco.

Ahly's mission in Conakry will be further complicated as the giants enter Friday's clash without a number of key players.

Winger Mido Gaber, who produced many fine displays this season will miss Horoya clash due to injury.

Moreover, defensive midfielder Amr El-Soulaya and international striker Marwan Mohsen, who opened the scoring in the Pharaohs 6-0 win over Niger in the Nations Cup qualifiers on Saturday, will be absent due to injury."We are here to claim a positive result in Friday game," Ahly coach Patrice Carteron told the pre-match news conference.

"Horoya are a good team. But I repeat we will be looking for a good result away to make our mission easier in the second-leg that will take place in Cairo one week later."

The eight-time African champions are bidding for the first Champions League title since 2013.

"It is true that the team suffers many absences but the players are ready for Friday clash." Ahly skipper and team captain Hossam Ashour added.

"Ahly players are experienced and they can cope with any circumstances."

"We are looking for the competition's title and we are determined to achieve our mission,' Ashour explained.

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.