Preview: Troubled Ahly back to domestic league with a tricky test against Eastern Company

Ahram Online , Tuesday 14 Jun 2022

Forty-eight hours after the sudden departure of the team’s coach Pitso Mosimane, a troubled Ahly side will resume their Egyptian League campaign with a difficult test against Eastern Company in a rescheduled game on Wednesday.



With current circumstances, Ahly is set to face a likely difficult game against bottom side Eastern Company.

The club witnessed weeks of unprecedented turmoil with the South African leaving on Monday with mutual consent.

Mosimane’s departure came almost two weeks after the team lost the Champions League final to Moroccan side Wydad de Casablanca, missing out on the chance to win a third consecutive title.

On the other hand, a win against Eastern Company will be very important for restoring calmness in the club before playing against Zamalek in the Cairo derby scheduled on Sunday 19 June.  

It will also aid Ahly’s advancement in the league table as the team bids to regain the title, won by Zamalek last season.

Ahly is now in third place with 37 points, as Zamalek leads with 44 points having played four games more.

The Red Devils will have the chance to surpass Zamalek’s lead and move up five points clear if they manage to win their rescheduled four games, starting with Eastern Company on Wednesday.

Assistant Sami Komsane will manage the team during Wednesday’s clash with reports stating that he is likely to stay till the Cairo derby.

Ahly will play the game without any international players as agreed upon by the two clubs and the Egyptian Premier League last month.

Upon Ahly's request, the Egyptian League had delayed the game as it was initially scheduled days before the Champions League final. In return, the Red Devils agreed to play the game on 15 June without the international players.

Despite the absence of international players, Komsane still has many key players at his disposal such as lively winger Ahmed Abdel-Qader, striker Mohamed Sherif, and wingers Hussein El-Shahat and Taher Mohamed.

On the other hand, Eastern Company coach Alaa Abdel-All has admitted that his side is up for a tough mission against Ahly, stressing that he hopes to benefit from Ahly’s absences to achieve a positive result against the Cairo giants.

The newly promoted side claimed so far only two wins, drew in seven games, and lost 11 to remain at the bottom of the league table with 13 points from 20 games.  

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