Ahly’s personality to play a key factor against Morocco's Wydad: Football director

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 14 Oct 2020

Angolan winger Geraldo and Tunisian left-back Ali Maaloul are set to join their teammates in Morocco on Wednesday

Ahly players during their trip to Morocco on Tuesday (Photo: Ahly's official website)

Ahly is determined to achieve a positive result in Saturday’s African Champions League semi-final clash against Wydad of Casablanca, said the club’s football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz.

The Cairo giants will be hosted by the Moroccan team in the semi-final's first leg on Saturday at Mohamed V Stadium, while the return match will be played at Borg Al-Arab Stadium on 23 October.

“We want to achieve a positive result in the first leg in Morocco because it means we will be a step closer to the final,” Abdel-Hafiz was quoted as saying on the club’s official website after the arrival of the squad in Morocco on Tuesday night.

“The technical staff is confident about the players and their ability to achieve a positive result. Ahly’s personality is always our weapon in all confrontations. The whole team is determined to pass Wydad successfully and reach the final,” he added.

Ahly’s 22-man squad arrived in Moroccan Casablanca on Tuesday night, while Angolan winger Geraldo and Tunisian left-back Ali Maaloul are scheduled to join their teammates on Wednesday after finishing their international duties.

The Reds' training session with the whole squad is set for Wednesday night.

Injured winger Mahmoud Kahraba, who suffered a muscular injury during the last league match against Pyramids FC, is continuing his rehabilitation programme in the team’s camp in Casablanca amid intensive trails to make him ready for the game.

Ahly, who lost to Wydad in the 2017 final, are eyeing their first Champions League crown since they last won their record eight titles in 2013.

The Red Devils have already secured their fifth consecutive title and their 42nd-ever Egyptian League title weeks ago with an unassailable 20-point lead on second-place Zamalek. 

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