The 5-0 defeat against Sundowns changed Ahly's history: Karim Walid

Ahram Online , Tuesday 4 Jun 2024

Ahly midfielder Karim 'Nedved' Walid believes the team's humiliating 5-0 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2018-2019 CAF Champions League was a turning point, paving the way for a period of sustained success for the Egyptian giants.

Karim Walid

 

The thrashing in Pretoria was their record continental defeat but the Red Devils recovered in an astonishing style claiming four titles in the next five years..

Walid, speaking on the club's official channel, insisted the chastening experience catalyzed the current generation of players.

"I want to thank the management for their patience after the Sundowns loss, their belief in this group has been crucial in achieving what we have," Walid said.

Ahly went on to win numerous trophies in the seasons following the Sundowns defeat, including multiple Egyptian Premier League titles and four CAF Champions League out of five finals.

Walid emphasized the importance of a strong team spirit and adherence to the coach's instructions.

"A good character is essential for any footballer, we accept the coach's decisions because he shoulders the ultimate responsibility," he said.

"The African Super Cup is a vital match, but the date is still unclear, for now, all our efforts are concentrated on the league, especially with the intense competition from Pyramids," Walid noted.

Ahly will face Zamalek, winners of the CAF Confederation Cup aiming to add another trophy to their growing collection.

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