Ahly's Ekramy fit for upcoming Esperance clash

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 31 Oct 2012

Goalkeeper Sheriff Ekramy to play in Ahly's scheduled African Champions League final match; Winger Mohamed Barakat misses training session due to flu

Mohamed Barakat
Mohamed Barakat of Egypt's Ahly (Photo: Reuters)


International goalkeeper Sheriff Ekramy is fit for Ahly's anticipated African Champions League final clash with Tunisia's Esperance after recovering from a minor injury.

Ekramy missed the Red Devils' training session on Tuesday after swelling his knee in Monday's friendly match with Wadi Degla, but medical scans have revealed that he will be ready for the upcoming match.

"Ekramy trained normally today after his quick recovery from a knee injury," Ahly doctor Ihab Aly told the club's official website.

Veteran winger Mohamed Barakat, meanwhile, missed the morning training session after being hit with flu.

"We opted to rest Barakat to avoid increasing the risk of his injury. He could be available for tonight's session," the doctor added.

Ahly will host the Tunisian giants in the first leg of the African final at Alexandria's Borg Al-Arab Stadium, while the return match will be held in Tunisia on 18 November.

Ahly are currently eyeing their first continental triumph since 2008, while Esperance are hoping to clinch a second consecutive Champions League title.

Ahly reached the final after a 4-3 aggregate victory over Nigerian guests Sunshine Stars.

Title-holders Esperance secured their place in the final after eliminating formidable Congolese side Mazembe.

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