Ahly's coach praises 'versatile' Fathi, denies rift with Maaloul

Ahram Online , Wednesday 21 Dec 2016

Coach Hossam El-Badry to return to Ahly (Photo: Reuters)
Ahly's coach Hossam El-Badry (Photo: Reuters)

Ahly's coach Hossam El-Badry heaped praise on full-back Ahmed Fathi, saying the 32-year old is an example to follow for other players.

El-Badry fielded Fathi as a defensive midfielder in the last five games, replacing injured anchorman Hossam Ghaly. Fathi lived up to expectations with some solid displays.

"Fathi may remain as a midfielder," El-Badry told the club's official website on Wednesday.

"He is versatile player who is capable of playing in any position while retaining his consistent displays. He is an exemple to follow for any player with his determination and effort."

El-Badry also said Tunisian wing-back Ali Maaloul was only left out of the team's squad for the last two games due to "technical reasons", denying any rifts with the player.

Local Media suggested that Maaloul may join Tunisia's Esperance in January. He joined Ahly from another Tunisian club in Sfaxien last summer. 

"There is no problem with Maaloul. The player just needed some rest," El-Badry added.

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