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Ahly coach Lasarte explains players' absence, promises to beat Simba in Tanzania

Mahmoud Elassal , Monday 11 Feb 2019
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Ahly’s coach Martin Lasarte has promised that his team will beat Simba in Tanzania during the 4th round of the CAF Champions League group stage on Tuesday, adding that the games' sequence has caused more player absence from the squad.

"We arrived in Tanzania to snatch the three points of the game against Simba," Lasarte told a press conference on Monday.

"The team's strategy in the CAF Champions League is to collect more points from the home and away games, so we just think of winning."

Ahly will do without defender Saad Samir and forward Ahmed Hamoudi due to muscle injuries alongside long-time absentee players when they take on Simba in the 4th round of Group D games.

"We suffer from the games' sequence, which has caused the absence of more key-players," Lasarte added.

"Some players will miss the game due to injuries, but we still have players in the same position who achieve our tactics."

Ahly is leading the Group D team table with seven points, three points over second place AS Vita Club of DR Congo, while Simba placed third with three points.

The CAF Champions League finalists last season, Ahly achieved victory in two games, 2-0 over Vita Club and 5-0 over Simba, while they drew in one game against JS de Saoura away from home.

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