Ahly's new coach Mohamed Youssef (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Ahly coach Mohamed Youssef has praised his players for their 2-1 win over Beni Suef Telephones on the 13th match day of the Egyptian Premier League season.
The team remains top of Group A despite missing several key players through injury and suspension.
"The players performed well and gained three points despite the absence of key players," Youssef was quoted as saying on the club's official website.
The match on Wednesday was the first since coach Hossam El-Badry resigned to take over at Ahly Tripoli.
Diminutive left-back Ahmed Shedid put Ahly ahead with a curling free kick midway through the first half, but Sherif Reda brought the hosts level with a close-range header on 33 minutes.
Winger Ahmed Shokry, who spent last season on loan at Beni Suef Telephones, haunted his former club with a low shot in the second half. The goal ensured Youssef's adventure in charge of Egypt's most successful club got off to a winning start after he had worked as El-Badry's assistant for nearly a year.
Ahly are scheduled to face Haras El-Hodoud in the league on Sunday.
"Haras El-Hodoud will be difficult," Youssef added.
Defending champions Ahly, who are eyeing an eighth consecutive league crown, are in the driving seat of Group A with 27 points, five more than ENPPI in second.
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