Preview: Ahly's youngsters out to prove worth in Egyptian league

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Aug 2022

Ahly's youngsters will have another chance to prove their worth after impressing in a recent Egyptian Premier League win over Ittihad as the team meet Masry in a tough clash on Wednesday.

Ahmed Gharib
Ahly s 20-year-old striker Gharib celebrates with his teammates after scoring against Ittihad (Photo: the club s official website)


Three young players were singled out for special praise after Ahly crushed Ittihad 3-0 on Sunday to return to winning ways after two consecutive 0-0 draws.

Striker Ahmed Gharib, 20, showed predatory instincts by scoring twice while winger Zeyad Tarek, who already has some first-team experience, stole the show with a delightful curling effort.

Left-back Mohamed Ashraf was also lauded for a superb display down the wing, with one of his inviting deep crosses helping Gharib head home the third early in the second half.

Ahly took a decision to experiment with some youth players after virtually losing hopes of competing for the league title, with arch-rivals Zamalek in pole position to retain their crown with only five rounds left.

The Red Devils sit third in the table with 59 points, 10 behind leaders Zamalek, who played a game more.

"Playing a match every three days is a very difficult thing, as it causes a lot of injuries for the players. We faced a lot of difficulties this season, but we will correct our mistakes and we will prepare very well for the next season," Ahly coach Ricardo Soares said.

"Our young players still have a lot to do and we were keen to rotate them to avoid them from getting injured."

The likes of Gharib, Tarek and Ashraf are likely to be retained in Ahly's starting line-up for the game against Masry, who lie 11th in the table with 33 points.

Masry are expected to provide a stiff test, given that they are one of only three teams to have beaten Ahly this season. They won the reverse league fixture 1-0 in April, which marked Ahly's first loss this term.

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