Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry commends his team for playing at their best and delivering a 2-1 win over TP Mazembe of the DR Congo in their African Champions League Group B opener on Sunday.
"The players' experience brings the victory for the team," El-Badry said during the conference following the game.
"They suffered during the game as they were also playing against the Ivorian referee who showed Ahly players more yellow cards," he added.
"I have decided to allow the players 48 hours rest before preparing for the coming game against Zamalek."
The Cairo giants suffered more injuries during Sunday's win over Mazembe as Walid Soliman and Mohamed Abou-Treika sustained minor knocks during the game. Abou-Treika will undergo medical tests to determine the severity of his injury.
At the end of his speech, El-Badry praised the performance of his team goalkeeper Sherif Ekrami, despite his failing to prevent Mazembe's only goal. "Ekrami performed well in the game and we all know anyone can make mistakes," he said.
Ahly had a winning start after a last-gasp goal from Mohamed Nagy 'Gedo' gave them a 2-1 home victory over TP Mazembe of the DR Congo in their African Champions League Group B opener on Sunday.
The six-time African Champions league winners, Ahly are joint leaders of Group B with three points, on level with Ghana's Chelsea who beat Ahly's arch-rivals Zamalek 3-2 in an exciting clash on Saturday.
Ahly and Zamalek will meet in an anticipated game on 22 July, which will coincide with the third day of Ramadan.
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