Preview: Ahly out to win 2nd title this season against Pyramids FC in Abu Dhabi

Ahram Online , Thursday 4 May 2023

Fresh off winning an Egypt Cup, Ahly will be looking to add another trophy Friday when they face Pyramids FC in the 2021/2022 Egyptian Super Cup in the UAE.

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Pyramids FC seek a first title against Ahly in Egypt Super Cup. Pyramids Official Twitter account

 

Pyramids FC are featuring in this Super Cup as runners-up in the 2022 Egyptian league after champions Zamalek withdrew from the clash, citing serious differences with decisions made by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA).

Ahly, who have a record of 12 Super Cup titles, started the season by winning the 2020/2021 Super Cup, defeating Zamalek 2-0, also in the UAE.

On Friday, the Red Devils will be looking for another victory in order to continue their winning run on all fronts this year.

On Saturday, on the continental level, Ahly secured a CAF Champions League semifinal berth, eliminating Moroccan side Raja Casablanca to set up a date with Esperance de Tunis.

At home, they lead the domestic league table with 53 points, four ahead of second-place Future FC, who have played four matches more.

“Ahly never tire of winning titles, and neither do I,” Ahly coach Marcel Koller said Thursday.

“We’re happy to play another Super Cup, and I’m doing everything to win a new title,” the Swiss tactician stressed.

Ahly will have almost their full squad available, missing only midfielder Amr El-Soulya and defender Yasser Ibrahim due to injury.

Meanwhile, Pyramids FC, who received a last-minute invitation to the cup, hope to bounce back from two disapointments: losing their last head-to-head with Ahly in the Egypt Cup in April, as well as elimination from the CAF Confederation Cup at the hands of Marumo Gallants of South Africa earlier this week.

A win for Pyramids FC, who were rebranded in 2018 with capital and big name players, would give them their first-ever title.

With the likes of Ramadan Sobhi, Mostafa Fathi and Moroccan midfielder Walid El-Karti, the team has the right to dream of a title.

However, their mission won’t be easy given the big name among their opponents.

Add to this, Pyramids FC stars must be suffering from exhaustion after having travelled from South Africa to Cairo and then off to Abu Dhabi in the space of less than 48 hours to play the final.

“It’s easy to say my team isn’t ready and the players are tired, but we’ll do our best to win,” Pyramids FC coach Jaime Pacheco concluded.

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