Ahly skipper vows to fight against Orlando, hopes Zamalek reach final

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 3 Oct 2015

The Orlando match will be difficult but Ahly players will fight to reach the Confederation Cup final according to veteran striker Emad Meteb

File photo of Ahly striker Emad Meteb (Photo: Ahram)

Ahly skipper Emad Meteb said that his team is determined to beat South Africa's Orlando Pirates to reach the Confederation Cup final.

The Cairo giants will host the South African team in Cairo on Sunday in the second leg of the semi finals.

The title-holders, Ahly, lost 1-0 away against South Africa's Orlando Pirates last week.

"The Orlando match is an important and difficult one. We will fight to recover the loss in the first leg to reach the final," Meteb said in a press conference on Saturday morning.

"We overcame a similar situation before. We are fully concentrated now on keeping a clean sheet and scoring early," the veteran international striker added.

Ahly's loss to Orlando came less than a week after the Reds lost 2-0 to archrivals Zamalek in the Egypt Cup final, having also finished runners up to their Cairo rivals in the Egyptian Premier League.

Zamalek are in a harder situation in the Continental Cup as they were stunned by a 5-1 away defeat by Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel.

Zamalek's home clash will be held on Saturday, one day before Ahly's game.

"We think of ourselves now, but also we wish Zamalek good luck against Etoile du Sahel espcially as they delivered outstanding performances this season. I wish we could meet them in the final," concluded the 33-year-old Meteb who insisted that he isn't considering quitting football at the time being.

The Confederation Cup title is Ahly's remaining hope to reconcile fans after losing the domestic double (league and cup titles) to Zamalek.

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