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Preview: Ahly eye league summit as midfielder Karim Walid makes 1st appearance in over two years

The defending champions are now three points short of leaders Zamalek, who played one match more

Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 Aug 2021
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Karim 'Nedvid (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Ahly will be looking to advance to the Egyptian league summit when they face Wadi Degala in a rescheduled game in Cairo on Wednesday.

The defending champions are now three points short of leaders Zamalek, who played one match more.

A win against Wadi Degla will help them go top on level with Zamalek, but they will be leaders due to their better head to head record.

Ahly will play Wednesday's game without many players as five of their six Egypt U-23 players continue their absence.

Winger Salah Mohsen is the only to be selected among the six players for the game. 

Coach Pitso Mosimane opted to rest them as they returned on Monday from Tokyo after participating with the Egypt U-23 team at the ongoing Olympic Games.

Defensive duo Badr Banoun and Ayman Ashraf will miss Degla game as the first is suffering from flu, while Ashraf will not be available due to automatic suspension.

The Red Devils list for the game saw the first appearance of Karim 'Nedvid' Walid for the first time in two years after recovering from a persistent knee injury as his last appearance date on 2019. 

Ahly's performances during the past three games were not convincing as they held by NBE club before claiming two difficult wins against El-Entag El-Harbi and Aswan.

With the tough competition this season, Ahly have no choice but to win in this game to go level with Zamalek before both sides will play the last seven games in a very condensed schedule (seven games in 20 days).

On the other hand, Wadi Degla who are second from bottom will fight fiercely as the team can't afford to drop any points in his campaign to avoid relegation.

They are now 15th in the league table with 23 points, four points behind NBE who lie on the edge of the dropping zone.

They managed to hold Ahly to a goalless draw in the reverse and they hope to avoid loss this term.

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