Preview: Coach El-Badry's future under scrutiny as Ahly close on Egyptian league title

Ahram Online , Tuesday 16 May 2017

 Hossam El-Badry
Ahly's coach Hossam El-Badry (Photo: Al-Ahram)

As Ahly close on a customary Egyptian Premier League triumph, coach Hossam El-Badry has fuelled speculation over his future by declining to pledge his future to the Cairo giants.

Egypt and Africa's most successful side take on minnows Sharqeya on Wednesday when a win would put them just one victory short of a 10th league title in 11 seasons.

However, the build up to the game was overshadowed with speculation over the future of El-Badry, who said he had received offers to leave Ahly in the summer, although he insisted he had not decided to depart.

Many Ahly fans took to the social media to vent their anger, accusing the 57-year-old of not being committed to the Red Devils.

They were also angry that El-Badry's comments that he had received two offers from unnamed clubs in the United Arab Emirates and a North African country came just one day after the team made a disappointing start to their African Champions League group-stage campaign.

Ahly were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Zambia's Zanaco on Saturday, having lacked spark and creativity against their resolute opponents.

Both El-Badry and Ahly's chairman Mahmoud Taher played down any speculation over the manager's future.

"I don't think about leaving my club at all. I will remain at the club's disposal to accomplish the targets planned," El-Badry, who is in his third spell with Ahly, said on the club's official website.

Ahly are expected to ease past Sharqeya, who lie at the bottom of the 18-team table and are six points adrift of safety with six matches remaining.

Should Ahly claim all three points, they will be crowned champions if they beat nearest challengers Maqassa, who are 11 points behind, in their next game.

Ahly welcome back regular defender Saad Samir, who missed the past three games due to army commitments. 

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