Preview: Ahly face Smouha in last league game under caretaker boss

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Jun 2022

Caretaker coach Sami Komsan will lead Ahly for one last time when they face Smouha in the Egyptian Premier League on Wednesday, with Portuguese Ricardo Soares set to take over after the game.

Ahly v Smouha
File photo of an Egyptian Premier League game between Ahly and Smouha (Ahram)

Reports suggested that Soares will watch the Smouha game from the stands, few hours after his expected arrival in Cairo to finalise his agreement with Ahly.

Komsan has managed to steady the ship following the sudden departure of highly-successful coach Pitso Mosimane, who left the club by mutual consent earlier this month after a 20-month reign that yielded a host of trophies, including back-to-back African Champions League crowns.

Under Komsan's guidance, Ahly won two out of three league games, drawing only with arch-rivals and main challengers Zamalek in a thrilling Cairo derby.

He also led Ahly to the semi-finals of the delayed 2020-21 Egypt Cup following a 2-0 victory over the big-spending Pyramids FC.

Komsan is expected to be retained in the backroom staff even when Soares, who left Portugal's Gil Vicente on Tuesday, takes over.

Ahly will be looking to maintain their recent fine run when they face Smouh as they seek to leapfrog defending champions Zamalek on top.

Although the Red Devils lie third in the table with 44 points, they will overtake leaders Zamalek with a five-point lead should they win their three games in hand.

Ahly are boosted by the return from injury of several key players, including Tunisian left-back Ali Maaloul, defensive midfielder Hamdi Fathi, winger Hussein El-Shahat and defenders Ayman Ashraf and Mohamed Abdel-Moneim.

Winger Ahmed Abdel-Kader and South African forward Percy Tau are still out with injuries.

Smouha, who are fifth on 36 points, will go level with top-flight debutants Future FC if they beat Ahly as they chase a top-four finish. They were crushed 4-1 by their illustrious opponents in the reverse league fixture last year.

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