Preview: Struggling Ahly must find cutting edge against Masry awaiting a miracle to win league title

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 19 Aug 2021

The Red Devils are currently second on the Egyptian Premier League teams' table with 69 points, four points behind title contenders Zamalek

Al-Ahly players after the match with ENPPI on 14 August, 2021. Photo courtesy of Al-Ahly Facebook page.

A struggling Ahly will be desperately trying to break out of the recent habit of missing goal scoring opportunities when they take on cemented-defence Masry in the 32nd matchday of the Egyptian league at Alexandria Stadium on Friday.

With the team scoring only a total of three goals in their last three league games — which included a 1-1 draw with Ismaily, a 2-0 win over Enppi, and a goalless draw with Talae El-Geish — Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane is hopeful that his side will find their cutting-edge again at the Masry game to keep the hope of winning the league title alive.

Ahly was dealt a massive blow after their bid to win the Egyptian Premier league for a sixth successive season and 42 overall was halted due to a goalless draw with El-Geish on Tuesday, diminishing their chances of claiming the league title in their remaining three matches.

Ahly had dropped four precious points in the last three games after being held to a 1-1 draw and a goalless tie by Ismaily and Talae El-Geish respectively.

At this point, the Red Devils cannot afford anymore stumbles as they currently lie second on the Egyptian Premier League teams' table with 69 points, four points behind title contenders Zamalek, with three games left on the season.

Egyptian Premier League title holders and African Champions League winners Ahly are in need of nothing short of a miracle to claim this season’s Egyptian Premier League title, as they have to see their arch-rivals Zamalek lose one game and draw in another in their remaining three games.

Coach Mosimane will continue missing in-form striker Mohamed Sherif — the league’s leading scorer and the team’s ideal striker — due to an injury for the third game in a row.

Moroccan defender Badr Benoun, who has marshalled the defence since the beginning of the season, has returned to the squad after recovering from a COVID-19 infection that kept him away for the past three games.

Influential midfielder Amr El-Sulaya will be boosting Ahly's squad ahead of the Masry clash after missing the previous game against El-Geish, as he finished serving an automatic suspension for collecting his third yellow card against Enppi last week.

Veteran forward Walid Soliman has recovered from a lenghty injury but has been left out of this game.

"Soliman joined the team's training sessions after recovering from a muscle injury and he is fit for the game against Masry," Ahly's Dr. Ahmed Abu Abla was quoted as saying on the club's official website.

Meanwhile, Masry, who are third on the table with 49 points, is expected to do their best to claim as many points as they can against Ahly after losing 0-1 to Smouha in the middle of the week.

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