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Ahly players concentrate on winning the Champions League trophy, says keeper El-Shennawi

The Cairo giants are scheduled to face Morocco's Wydad in the first leg of the CAF Champions League semifinals on 17 October at Stade Mohammed V stadium

Mahmoud Elassal , Saturday 10 Oct 2020
Ahly's keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi (Al-Ahram)

Ahly first choice goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawi has expressed his delight with the appointment of South African coach Pitso Mosimane to be in charge of the team, assuring he and his teammates are doing their best to claim the CAF Champions League title. 

The Cairo giants are scheduled to face Morocco's Wydad in the first leg of the CAF Champions League semifinals on 17, October at Mohammed V stadium while the second will be played at Borg El-Arab Stadium on 23, October. 

Ahly wrapped up their record-extending 42nd Egyptian Premier League title this season with six rounds left after gaining an unassailable 20-point lead on top. 

"Winning only one trophy is not enough as we compete for five titles every season and we are requested to win four of them at least," El-Shennawi told Ahly's official website on Saturday. 

"Ahly's strategy is to win every championship you compete in and I hope to lift all the coming trophies," he added.  

Ahly announced the departure of Swiss coach Rene Weiler two weeks ago, naming South African Pitso Mosimane as his successor in a surprise shift from their traditional habit of bringing in European managers. 

"I held a meeting with Mosimane before the Arab Contractors game last week and I noticed that he is focusing well on the team to ensure we achieve our target so we are optimistic over his arrival," the Ahly's goalkeeper said. 

 "I hope to win the CAF Champions League title as well as taking part in the Clubs' World Cup," he added.  

The 31-year-old goalkeeper, is currently put out of action due to suffering from a muscular strain after being injured during the 1-0 league win over the Arab Contractors last week. 

"I am following a rehab program and I will return to training on Friday," said Ahly first choice goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawi. 

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