Egypt’s Ahly resume training ahead of Coffee clash

Eslam Omar, Monday 12 Mar 2012

Reds prepare for African Champions League tie with Ethiopian Coffee following two-day break

Egypt’s Ahly players
Egypt’s Ahly players (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egyptian champions Ahly resumed preparations for their CAF Champions League round of 32 away match with Ethiopian Coffee on 25 March.

The Cairo giants returned home Saturday from a training camp in the UAE where they played three friendlies against El-Shebab of Kuwait (2-3), UAE side Dubai (1-0), and Emirates of the UAE (3-4).

During Monday’s training session, striker Mohamed Nagy ‘Geddo’ and midfielder Hossam Ashour picked up muscle strains.

“The duo will undergo examinations and we will reveal the seriousness of their injuries soon,” Ahly's Dr Ehab Ali told Ahram Online.

Portuguese manager Manuel Jose spoke with striker Sayed Hamdy who arrived late to training, and with left winger Sayed Moawad who recently found his car burnt out outside his father-in-law’s house.

Ahly, which has won the Champions League a record six times, have ended their 40-day mourning period following the death of more than 70 of their fans at a match against Masry in Port Said.

The current Egyptian Football Association board, which was appointed after the former board resigned following the Port Said disaster, cancelled the domestic football season to avoid potential crowd violence.

Ahly might play its home Champions League ties in a neutral country. Sudan and Qatar are among several countries that have offered to host the matches.

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