Ahly will win Egyptian league, says confident El-Badry

Ahram Online , Friday 15 Dec 2017

File photo of Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry (Photo: Ahly's official website)

Coach Hossam El-Badry is adamant Ahly will be the eventual winners of the Egyptian Premier League despite another setback as they were held to a surprise 1-1 draw by lowly Tanta on Friday.

Ahly, who are bidding for a third consecutive league title, failed to win for a second straight match, having lost 3-2 to Maqassa in an exciting game last Sunday.

They took a first-half lead against Tanta, thanks to a goal from Moroccan striker Walid Azaro who intercepted a poor headed pass intended for the keeper to slot home with aplomb.

However, a second-half own goal from Ahly's central defender Ayman Ashraf secured a share of spoils.

The draw left Ahly second in the table, four points behind leaders Ismaily who played two matches more.

"There is a long way to go, and at the end we will be the champions," El-Badry told the post-match news conference.

"Don't worry, I told you the league was ours last term and this happened. It will happen again this season."

El-Badry admitted that his side were poor against an organized Tanta side, who looked composed against their mighty opponents.

Ahly created few clear-cut chances in the match, with a lethargic display upfront hindering them.

"Of course I'm not satisfied with our performance today. We make a lot of mistakes because we press a lot but without real threats on goal," he added.

"I will focus on this aspect during my discussions with the players and we will see how can we solve that."

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