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Ahly assistant coach praises Young Africans ahead of Tanzania clash

Mohamed Abdel-Azim believes Young Africans match won't be an easy test

Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 8 Apr 2016
Al-Ahly's Amr Gamal (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against El Zamalek during their Egyptian Premier League derby soccer match at Borg El Arab "Army Stadium" near Alexandria, Egypt, February 9, 2016 (Reuters)

Ahly's assistant coach Mohamed "Azima" Abdel-Azim said on Friday that the game against the Tanzanian side Young Africans, in the first leg of the CAF Champions League round of 16, would be a difficult game due to the team's experience in African tournaments.

The Cairo giants will be hosted by the Tanzanian team on Saturday, before playing the return match in Cairo 10 days later.

"Young Africans is one of the biggest teams in Africa as they have a long experience in the Africa Champions League," Azima told reporters after Friday's training session.

"They have more talented players and they are organised, so we have to be careful of the game."

"We have to make use of every scoring chance, especially in the first leg that will help Ahly in the second leg in Egypt."

The Reds made it to the last 16 after defeating Recreativo of Angola 2-0 on aggregate, while the Young Africans went through after beating Rwanda's APR.

"The round of 16 is the most difficult part of the Africa Champions League as all teams are working to reach the group stage so there is no room for loss," Azima said

"Ahly players suffer from the games' sequence in the Egyptian league, national team matches and CAF Champions League games."

"We are concentrating on the Young Africans game in Tanzania to ease our mission in Egypt," the Ahly tactician concluded.

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