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Ahly players react joyfully after league success

Former coach Mohamed Youssef was praised by players after the Reds' Egyptian Premier League victory on Monday

Eslam Omar, Tuesday 8 Jul 2014
Al Ahly
Ahly players celebrate after winning Egyptian Premier League trophy (Photo: Mostafa Amera)

Ahly veteran striker Emad Meteb has congratulated players and fans for winning their 37th Egyptian Premier League trophy, praising current and former coaches.

"Congratulations to the new youngsters on the team, you've started with a precious championship," the 31-year-old forward said on Egyptian TV after the match on Monday.

The Reds came out of the mini-league phase on top despite a draw with Smouha, winning the title on goal differences.

"Many thanks to coach Fathi Mabrouk and Alaa Abdel-Sadek [his assistant] on your last day with the team, you accomplished your task. But we must not forget the efforts of captains Mohamed Youssef and Sayed Abdel-Hafeez."

Youssef has been the team's assistant coach since 2009. He, assisted by Abdel-Hafeez, took charge of the team in April 2013, replacing Hossam El-Badry. The domestic season was canceled but Youssef inspired Ahly to defend the CAF Champions League title. However, in 2014 he left his post after a failure in the African group stage and a poor run in the Egyptian League.

Young midfielder Mahmoud Hassan 'Trezeguet' echoed his experienced teammate in thanking current and former coaches and congratulating the team and fans – but he also praised their opponent.

"We respect Smouha. They are a powerful team. All players were solid in their duties, either attacking or defending," the 19-year-old player said.

Defender Saad Samir interrupted Trezeguet's interview with hugs and kisses for him, congratulating everybody for the success.

"We were stronger than all the circumstances. The young players were enthusiastic to prove their worth with Ahly and thank God they were capable of winning this difficult competition," Samir concluded.

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