Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry revealed that his team players were not in form in the 1st half of their 2-0 win over Kenyan side Tusker in the CAF Champions League round of 32 on Sunday, claiming they did their best in the second half to retain their form again.
Ahly, the title holders, qualified for the African Champions League round of 16 after an easy 2-0 home win over Kenya's Tusker, making an overall 4-1 aggregate victory.
Two first-half goals from attacking duo Ahmed Abdel-Zaher and Emad Meteb, who again scored twice in the 2-1 first-leg victory, lifted the defending champions to the last 16 as they seek to win a second consecutive title.
"The 1st leg victory affected the players' performance in the first half while in the second they retained their form again," El-Badry told the post game press conference.
The Red Devils welcomed back experienced left-back Sayed Moawad after a lengthy absence following a recovery from a niggling foot injury.
"I gave the green light for Moawad to take part in the game after I felt the game is finished to help him retain his previous form again after the injury," the Ahly coach added.
Ahly are set to face Tunisian giants C. A. Bizertin in the first game of the 16th round of the CAF Champions League after the duo qualified for this stage.
"We won't think about the 32nd round as it finished and we will concentrate on the preparations for the Bizertin game," the tactician concluded.
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