Chelsea coach tips experienced Ahly for winning the African title

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 20 Aug 2012

lack of concentration and hot weather are the main reasons for Ahly's 1-1 draw with Chelsea, El-Badry says, while the Ghanaian team coach believes they still have a chance

Hossam El-Badry
Ahly's coach Hossam El-Badry (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry has blamed lack of concentration for Sunday's 1-1 draw with Ghana's Berekum Chelsea in the CAF Champions League group stage.

The Cairo giants now moved a step closer towards the semi final of the prestigious continental tournament after topping Group B with 10 points, three ahead of second-place Mazembe.

"I predicted what happened in the game that was played under very bad conditions as the weather was very hot. Lack of concentration cost us three precious points. Ahly was a candidate to win but finally football doesn't have definite rules," El-Badry was quoted as saying after the match on Ahly's official website.

"Chelsea's superiority was normal as they were seeking to win depending on the support of their fans at their stadium."

"We played well in the first half but we lost many chances that were enough to ensure our win and also qualification without waiting the results of the others," El-Badry added.

On the other side, Ghana's Berekum Chelsea coach Hans Van der Pluijm has hailed Ahly and its experienced players insisting they are the front-runner candidates for winning this season's CAF Champions League title.

"The experience of Ahly players helped them to score early and return home with a valued point and also keeping their place at the group summit,"  Van der Pluijm explained.

"We will monitor Zamalek and TP Mazembe clash as we still have a chance to proceed at the tournament but Ahly remains the prominent candidate for winning the title," Chelsea coach concluded.

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