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Congo’s AC Leopards clash will be decisive: Ahly coach

The Red Devils coach believes the Congolese guests will put up a fight for their last chance, insists that playing in Gouna will not benefit his team

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 21 Aug 2013
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Ahly's new coach Mohamed Youssef (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Ahly coach Mohamed Youssef believes that the coming anticipated clash against Congo’s AC Leopards will play a major role in determining the team's future in the CAF Champions League.

The Red Devils will be hosting the Congolese side on 31 August in the fourth round of the group stage of the prestigious continental tournament.

After a disappointing start to their Group A campaign, the title holders revived their hopes of booking a semi-final berth last week after beating the Leopards 1-0 in Congo.

"The return leg against the Leopards will be a decisive match as it will reorder the group teams and determine who will be close to book a place in the semi-final," Youssef told the club's official website on Wednesday.

"The match will not be easy because our opponents consider the game their last chance and will be tough in comparison to the first leg," he added.

Like the Leopards, Ahly have four points, from a possible nine, after the Egyptians drew with rivals Zamalek with one point each and were defeated by South Africa's Orlando Pirates, who lead the group with seven points.

The Egyptian giants will be hosting the Congolese team in Gouna stadium on the Red Sea, 430km away from the capital, due to security concerns.

Egypt witness volatile violence on the streets around the country since the military ousted president Mohamed Morsi 3 July in response to mass protests for his ouster.

"Playing in Gouna stadium will make our mission more difficult as we suffered there in the first two matches against Zamalek and South Africa's Orlando Pirates due to the poor pitch," Youssef concluded.

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