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Ahly coach cautious ahead of Champions League clash with Ethiopia's Jimma Aba Jifar

Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 21 Dec 2018
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Ahly assistant coach Mohamed Youssef. (Photo: alahlyegypt.com)
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Ahly caretaker coach Mohamed Youssef has warned that the game against Ethiopia's Jimma Aba Jifar in the second leg of CAF Champions League round of 32 on Sunday will be difficult despite Ahly's 2-0 win over them in Cairo last week.

"We respect our opponents and we have to concentrate on the game to win as the game will be difficult," Youssef told reporters after the Red Devils' crew arrived in Ethiopia.

The Cairo giants, who are bidding for their ninth Champions League title and their first since 2013, won the first leg 2-0 in Cairo and will play the second leg in Ethiopia on Sunday.

"I spoke with the players to avoid the mistakes they made in the first leg game," he said.

"I am confident of the players' ability to march on in the CAF Champions League," the Ahly caretaker coach added.

"We prepared a good plan to make use of all score chances to take the upper hand of the game, as well as keeping our sheets clean to qualify for the tournament's group stage," Youssef said.

Ahly reached the final twice in the past two editions but lost to Wydad Casablanca and Tunisia's Esperance in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

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