Preview: Savio shows flashes of talent as Ahly eye group-stage berth

Ahram Online , Friday 14 Oct 2022

With Ahly expected to seal smooth progress to the African Champions League group stage when they host Tunisia's US Monastir on Saturday, their fans will be more excited to see what new recruit Bruno Savio has to offer.

Bruno Savio
Bruno Savio showed flashes of his talent in Ahly s 1-0 first-leg win over US Monastir (Photo: the club s official Twitter account)


The Brazilian forward, who joined from Bolivia's Club Bolivar in the close season for $1.5 million, showed flashes of his talent on his debut when Ahly secured a last-gasp 1-0 win away to Monastir in the first leg of the Champions League second preliminary round last Sunday.

His twists and turns looked promising, giving Ahly's demanding fans hope that their team can finally find the missing creative spark in their squad.

Last season, they struggled against compact opponents because their wingers did not boast enough trickery to unlock tight backlines. Savio is the man entrusted to end all that.

"His touches show that he is a really good player. I hope he can deliver!" said one fan on Facebook, with another adding that Savio has the potential to become one of the most prominent stars this season.

The first leg against Monastir was a slow-tempo affair but Ahly got the job done with a stoppage-time header from defender Mohamed Abdel-Moneim.

They now have a straightforward task to reach the group stage and continue their bid towards a record-extending 11th crown.

"The start was not easy as we played against a strong team in its own venue … we have another difficult contest in the return leg but we will do our best to advance," Ahly's new Swiss coach Marcel Koller said.

Ahly are still missing South African forward Percy Tau, who is still short of match fitness after recovering from a nagging injury.

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