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Ahly's African mission is not done yet: Coach

Red devils' coach congratulates players for draw in Cameroon, says reaching the Champions League final is not guaranteed yet

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Sunday 6 Oct 2013
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Ahly's coach Mohamed Youssef (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Ahly coach Mohamed Youssef believes that his team still has a lot to do to reach the African Champions League final after Sunday's 1-1 draw with Cameroon’s Coton Sport.

The Red Devils snatched a precious draw against their Cameroonian hosts in the first leg of the competition’s semis in Garoua.

The match was a replay of Saturday's game, which was called off after the pitch was deemed unplayable by Zambian referee Jan Sikazwe due to torrential rain.

Despite being in the driving seat for the final, the title holders' coach says they still have a lot to do when they host Coton Sport in the second leg on 20 October.

"Today's result is a positive one, but that doesn't mean that we have already qualified for the final," Youssef said after the match.

"We should respect the Cameroonian team in the second leg to continue our campaign successfully," the coach added.

The Cairo giants star Mohamed Abou-Treika, who brought them level with a superb goal just before the half-time whistle, was replaced shortly after the hour mark. The coach reassured fans that the experienced player is fine.

"Abou-Treika was replaced due to stress after playing for the second day in a row, but he is ok," concluded the rookie tactician.

Seven-time African champions Ahly are eyeing their eighth title in the continental competition as Coton Sports seeks their first African title.

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