It was the worst Cairo derby ever: Ahly’s Barakat

Eslam Omar, Monday 23 Jul 2012

Football director rewards Group B teams due to player frustration over absence of fans in closed-door matches; Fathi to miss Chelsea clash

Ahly's Mohamed Barakat (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Ahly midfielder Mohamed Barakat said that Sunday’s 1-0 win over Cairo foes Zamalek in CAF Champions League was the worst Cairo derby ever.

"The derby lost its known excitement and enthusiasm because of the fans’ absence," the 35-year-old player said to Ahly TV Channel after the match.

The second round of Groub B was held behind closed doors for security concerns. Mohamed Abou-Treika scored the only goal from a header.
"Of course, the win over Zamalek really pleased us and we felt relaxed after we knew that the other two teams in our group drew," Barakat added.

Hours before the Cairo derby, Ghana’s Chelsea were able to clinch a draw from DR Congo’s TP Mazembe.

Zamalek became bottom of Group B table with no points, after leaders Ahly, 6 points, Ghana’s Chelsea, 4 points and DR. Congo’s Mazembe who have a solitary point following their 2-2 draw with the Ghanaians.

Football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz decided to give all players a proficiency bonus.

The winners of six CAF Champions League trophies will be without their right winger Ahmed Fathi in the third round against Chelsea after he was booked for the second time.

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