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Ahly focused on Nigerian test despite League delay

Ahly is confident, considering injured players will be fit for the CAF qualifier's home match against Nigeria's Sunshine Stars

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 16 Oct 2012
Hossam Al Badry
Egypt's Ahly coach Hossam Al Badry (Photo: Reuters)
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Ahly boss Hossam El-Badry says that his team is focused ahead of their anticipated Nigerian test against Sunshine Stars on Sunday, despite the recent decision to postpone the Egyptian Premier League season start.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) decided Monday to delay the domestic League season indefinitely because they had not yet received security guarantees from the ministry of interior.

"The decision was expected, especially with the current unstable circumstances that surround Egyptian football," El-Badry told Ahly's official website late on Monday.

The six-time African Champions League title holders defeated Dakhlya 1-0 in a friendly on Monday amid their preparations for the home match against Nigeria's Sunshine Stars in the second leg of the CAF Champions League semis.

"For sure it would be a great benefit for us if the League games would start, but, anyway, we have to go on," explained the Red Devils head coach.

"Now we are totally focused on the coming match with Sunshine Stars.

"We had a good test against Dakhlya and we get more confident as injured players like Emad Meteb, Sherif Abdel-Fadil and Mahmoud Abou El-Saoud recover completely and ready themselves for the match," he concluded.

Veteran defender Wael Gomaa had a minor injury in Monday's friendly but he is ready for the Champions League clash, according to Ahly's doctor.

Ahly's first leg against Sunshine Stars finished in a 3-3 draw in Nigeria last week.

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