Ahly will win African Champions League, says coach

Eslam Omar , Sunday 9 Jul 2017

Ahly passed through to the African Champions League quarterfinals Saturday, defeating Cameroon's Cotonsport 3-1 in Alexandria

Egypt's Al Ahly footballer Amr Gamal (L) vies for the ball with Cameroon's Cotonsport player Paul Serge (R) during their African Champions League (CAF) group stage football match, at Borg el-Arab Stadium near Alexandria on July 8, 2017. (AFP)

Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry is confident of clinching the African Champions League trophy after his side made it to the quarterfinals defeating Cameroon's Cotonsport 3-1 in Alexandria Saturday.

"It was a very special game for me because qualification into the quarterfinals was one of the priorities for us and I thank all my players for making it happen. Our goal now is to win the title," the 56-year-tacticain saidd at the post-match press conference at Borg El-Arab Stadium.

The Cairo-based club finished second in Group D with 11 points, on level with Zambia's Zanaco but with a better goal difference as both sides are tied in the head-to-head record.

"I only informed Amro Gamal that he will play as a striker 48 hours before the game and he was very reliable," El-Badry added.

Gamal ended a one-year Champions League scoring drought, netting two goals to inspire the Reds to come back from a 12th minute goal shock.

"We are aiming to win our ninth title. We don't care which opponent we are going to compete with because we trust our abilities of winning," El-Badry concluded.

Read the full match review here.

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