Ahly coach Koller anticipates tough clash against Medeama following travel problems

Ahram Online , Thursday 22 Feb 2024

Ahly manager, Marcel Koller, expressed on Thursday that while he does not like to make excuses, he believes that the difficulties his team faced on Wednesday could have consequences in their upcoming clash against Medeama.

Marcel Koller
Ahly manager, Marcel Koller survey players during training. Photo courtesy of Al-Ahly.

 

The defending champions are set to face Ghana's Medeama in a CAF Champions League group stage game in Kumasi on Friday.

The Ahly delegation experienced a challenging day on Wednesday when their plane encountered a minor accident during preparations for takeoff from Accra airport en route to Kumasi.

As a result, the delegation remained in Accra before finally heading to Kumasi on Thursday morning, just hours before the team's scheduled training in Ghana.

Ahly's management requested a postponement of the game from CAF, but according to Koller, they have not received a response from the continental football governing body.

Speaking at the pre-match news conference, Marcel Koller stated, "We had hoped that CAF would accept our request to postpone the game, especially after Wednesday's accident, but we have not received an answer.

“I don't like to find excuses, but the circumstances we faced will make the game difficult."

He acknowledged Medeama as a strong team and expects them to fiercely compete on their home turf.

However, Koller emphasized Ahly's strength as a team and their ability to draw upon their experience and character to secure a victory and maintain their position at the top of the group.

Ahly currently leads Group D with six points, closely followed by Belouizdad and Tanzania's Young Africans, who are trailing by one point. Medeama currently occupies the bottom spot in the group with four points.

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