No break for Ahly ahead of Africa Cup clash

Eslam Omar , Eslam Omar , Wednesday 22 Jul 2015

After a victorious Cairo derby, Ahly have no time for a break as they have a mission to continue defending their African Confederation Cup title

Handout photo:Ahmed Hassan

Ahly coach Fathi Mabrouk has decided to kick-off trainings Wednesday to prepare for Saturday's African Confederation Cup group stage home game against Etoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia.

The match is supposed to be held in Suez Stadium behind closed doors though Ahly supporters have demanded to be able to return to watching games at stadiums, starting gradually from the Etoile game. No approval from the authorities has been announced.

Ahly, who celebrated being the first ever Egyptian team to win the Confederation Cup last season, are second in Group A with four points they collected from a win over Tunisian Esperance and a draw against Stade Malien.

Etoile are leading the table with six points, Stade are third with a solitary point, while Esperance who failed to gain any points are lying at the bottom.

In Group B, Ahly’s archrivals Zamalek are leading the table with six points, ahead of South Africa's Orlando Pirates with three points. The two sides will be face-to-face in Suez on Sunday.

Domestically, Ahly beat Zamalek 2-0 in a tough Cairo derby to close the gap to six points with only two games remaining in the league. Zamalek only needs a point to claim their first Egyptian Premier League since 2004.

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