Preview: Ahly eye first domestic double in ten years in Egypt Cup, despite buoyant Masry

Ahram Online , Monday 14 Aug 2017

Ahly and Masry players fight for the ball during an Egyptian league game (Photo: Ahram)

Searching for an end to their ten-year Cup drought, League champions Ahly will face resilient Masry in the Egypt Cup final at Borg El-Arab stadium on Tuesday.

Ahly have won seven league titles in the last ten years but have failed to win the double, despite reaching the Egypt Cup final three times.

They lost the two previous finals to archrivals Zamalek, while in 2009 they lost to Harras El-Hodoud 4-5 on penalties.

Ahly's 4-0 win over Smouha in the semis last week reveals that the Red Devils have bounced back from their Arab championship elimination and are determined to win their first Cup since 2007.

"We will do our best to win the Cup," Ahly's assistant coach Sayed Moawad said after the win against Smouha.

"We are determined to win the Cup to realise the domestic double. I think it's time."

Coach Hossam El-Badry on Sunday announced his 23-man list for the final which includes all available players.

International defender Saad Samir is the only player who will miss the final, thanks to his muscle injury.

Ahly are the competition's record holders with 35 titles, ten ahead of Zamalek, who have 25.

On the other hand, Masry are looking to win their first Egypt Cup title since 1998, and the second in their history.

After easing past Zamalek in the semis, the Port Said-based club confirmed their situation as a title contender.

"Winning the Cup? Why not?" Masry's football director Ibrahim Hassan told a TV programme after defeating Zamalek.

"We defeated Zamalek, winners of the past four editions of the competition, so it will not be a surprise if we win.''

''We are well-prepared for the final and I feel that we will return with the Cup,” he concluded.


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