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Preview: Egypt's Ismaily eye group-stage qualification against Coton Sport

Ahmad Hassan, Friday 21 Dec 2018
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Egypt’s Ismaily will enjoy the advantage of their home 2-0 victory over Coton Sport when they face the Cameroonian side in Yaounde Saturday in the CAF Champions League round-of-32 second leg.

Both teams met at the Ismailia Stadium on Sunday where the Dervishes sealed a relatively comfortable victory to go a step closer to sealing a place in the group stage on their first African Champions League appearance in eight years.

Officials at Coton Sport have decided to move the second-leg game to a smaller 5000-fan capacity stadium, meaning Ismaily players will not be under big pressure.

Ismaily last participated in the Champions League in 2010 and were then eliminated from the group stage when they finished third behind Algeria's JS Kabylie and Egyptian bitter rivals Ahly.

They appointed Macedonian Cedomir Janevski as their new manager on Saturday in an attempt to inject some life into what has been a fraught campaign in the domestic league as the team currently sit at the bottom of the table.

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