Ahram Online has collected reactions from players and the teams' technical staff members following Ahly’s 1-0 victory over rivals Zamalek in the Egyptian Premier League's final round on Sunday.
Despite a slow start for the season, Ahly were crowned league champions last Wednesday after beating Arab Contractors 3-1, but their victory against rivals Zamalek added more woes for the Whites fans.
Ahly full back Ali Maaloul
"Scoring in a derby against Zamalek is very important, and my goal is a gift to Ahly fans."
"Defeating Zamalek is a magnificent closure for the Egyptian league competition."
Ahly winger Hussein El-Shahat
"Ahly's camp contributed to increase the positive aspects, and we achieved what we desired at the end."
"The victory against Zamalek and winning the league is our gift to the fans. The future will be better and we promise the supporters to win the Champions League."
Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawi
"I'm happy with my performance in the game. Now we will concentrate on achieving the African Champions League which is our main target for the upcoming period."
"Ahly is a champion team, and beating Zamalek was important to raise the point difference."
Ahly assistant coach Mohamed Youssef
"Concentration is the secret behind our performance today. The players showed high levels of concentration and commitment."
"Clinching the title comes in its best shape after defeating the arch rival, especially when initially we were very late in the league table. I congratulate the players, the board, and Ahly fans."
Ahly football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz
"Our comeback in the league was due to Ahly's character and history."
"Egypt Cup is not a very important competition to the big teams, but this doesn't mean that we won't compete seriously. We will try to win the double."
Zamalek goalkeeper Emad El-Sayed
"I apologize to Zamalek fans for the mistake which caused the goal."
Zamalek football supervisor Amir Mortada
"The league's instability affected Zamalek negatively more than any other team."
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