Hossam El-Badry (Photo: Ahly's official website)
Ahly are now fully focused on the African Champions league after the recent sudden exit from Egypt Cup, according to the team’s coach Hossam El-Badry who insists that the team awaits a very strong test against Tunisia's Esperance on Friday.
Ahly, who were eliminated from Egypt Cup quarter finals after Monday’s stunning 1-0 loss against Assyouti, will be hosting the Tunisian giants at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium in the opening match of the group stage.
“We decided to forget about the Egypt Cup exit. Our full concentration will be on our campaign in the African Champions League,” El-Badry was quoted as saying by the club’s official website on Tuesday.
“The Champions League title is the dream of all of us and also the fans. Despite the current challenges, there is no way to let the African title goes for another team,” the 58-year old coach added.
Ahly, who were crowned African champions a record eight times, are drawn in Group A with Esperance alongside Uganda's Kampala City and Botswana's Township Rollers.
The Cairo giants, who clinched their last Champions League title in 2013, were close to winning the continental title last year but lost in the final 2-1 on aggregate to Moroccan side Wydad de Casablanca.
“There isn’t enough time ahead of Friday’s very strong match, but I have full confidence in my players,” the Ahly coach concluded.
Under the guidance of El-Badry, Ahly secured the Egyptian league title for the third time in a row last month with six matches to spare.
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