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Ahly seek reforms after Orlando Pirates debacle, early preparation for Congo trip

The management looks for explanation behind Sunday's heavy defeat, opts for extended training in Congo before AC Leopards face-off

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 5 Aug 2013
Egypt's Ahly players (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt giants Ahly will travel to Congo on 14 August to prepare for the anticipated match against AC Leopards in the African Champions League.

Title holders Ahly will be hosted by the Congolese team in the third round of the group stage on 17 August.

The seven-time African champions must win in Congo in order to continue their campaign towards the title following Sunday's humiliating 3-0 defeat against Orlando Pirates.

It was the Cairo giant’s heaviest home defeat in the prestigious continental tournament.

"The technical staff prefers to arrive in Congo at least two days ahead of the match in order to prepare sufficiently and allow the players to adapt," the club revealed on its website.

In addition to the decision to travel early, the club's football committee is currently discussing the reasons behind Saturday’s defeat so as to solve any problems ahead of the Congo trip.  

Orlando Pirates top Group A with four points, ahead of second-placed AC Leopards who beat Zamalek 1-0 on Sunday.

Cairo rivals Ahly and Zamalek have one point each after playing out a 1-1 draw in their opening group-stage game, which was held in El-Gouna.

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