Ahly players aiming to go down in history by winning current Champions League title: El-Shennawi

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Sunday 8 May 2022

Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawi says his team didn’t secure a place yet in the African Champions League’s final despite their recent victory over ES Setif, stressing that he and his teammates want to go down in hsitory by winning the title this season.

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File Photo: Ahly s goalkeeper Mohamed el-Shenawy reacts at the end of the CAF Champions League semi-final match between Egypt s al-Ahly and Algeria s ES Setif at the al-Salam stadium in Cairo on May 7, 2022. AFP


The Reds thrashed 10-man ES Setif of Algeria 4-0 in Cairo on Saturday, getting them that much closer to the prestigious tournament’s final for a record-extending 15th time.

“Qualification is not guaranteed yet, as we still have to concentrate in the return match. We still have 90 minutes in Algeria, and we will focus and respect our opponent so that we may reach the final,” El-Shennawi told beIN Sports TV channel after the game.

“We played a strong game that we had a long training camp for. We realise how important the Champions League title is, and we want to write our own history by winning it for the third time in a row to please our fans,” he added.

“There are no excuses for not meeting our fans’ expectations recently, despite the fact that we were playing a game every three days. Today, we played after a six-day break, and so we performed well, and the players were physically fit.”

Ahly are likely to qualify for a third consecutive final when they face Setif on their turf in the second leg next Saturday, as they seek to become the first team to win a hat-trick of straight Champions League crowns. 

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