Preview: Ahly's new coach eyes a winning start against Beni Suef Telephones

Mohamad Mosselhi , Tuesday 7 May 2013

New coach Mohamed Youssef is looking to make his mark on Wednesday in the first Ahly game since his appointment

 Mohamed Yousef
Ahly's new coach Mohamed Yousef (Photo: Ahram)


Ahly's mission against Beni Suef Telephones will not be easy, as the team's new coach Mohamed Youssef will be under the pressure to make a winning start of the team.

The former assistant coach of the Red Devils was appointed as Ahly's new coach on Tuesday following Hossam El-Badry's sudden resignation on Sunday.

The 42-year-old, who has never taken charge of a senior team, will be eager to prove his capacity for the post with a victory against Beni Suef Telephones.

"Working in a great club like Ahly is easy and difficult at the same time," Youssef told Egyptian media on Tuesday.

 "It is easy because you have all the tools for success but the difficulty remains that failure is inacceptable."

"We are looking always for victories and more successes," he added.  

Conscious of the difficulty of his mission, Youssef met with team's players on Tuesday and he demanded they continue their wining campaign in the group.  

Youssef has a couple of concerns headed into Wednesday's match, as defensive midfielders Hossam Ashour and Shehabdine Ahmed will miss Wednesday's clash for different reasons.

Ashour will miss out the game due to automatic suspension, while Ahmed is struggling with a muscle injury, a major blow for the new coach who will be forced to play without his two defensive midfielders. The team will instead depend on youth substitutes Ahmed 'Manga' Nabil and Mahmoud 'Trezeguet' Hassan.

Ahly defender Mohamed Naguib is also set to miss out the game due to a hamstring strain which will prevent him from playing for four weeks.

Fellow defender Sherif Abdel-Fadil has also not yet recovered from muscle strain.

But the new coach will regain the services of the team's lively winger Walid Soliman, who returned in Ahly's 2-1 win over CA Bizertin in Champions League appearing on great form.

Offensively, Youssef has no problems with the excellent form of team's strikers Ahmed Abdel-Zaher and Emad Meteb.

The first continued his strong displays with the team, while Meteb found the net against CA Bizertin, scoring Ahly's second goal.

Ahly are leading Group A with 24 points, two points ahead of second placed ENPPI, while Beni Suef Telephones remain fifth with 14 points. 

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