Ahly coach congratulates Orlando, eyes more African glory

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Sunday 22 Sep 2013

The Red Devils beat the South African side to finish leading Group A in the African championship

Mohamed Youssef
Ahly coach Mohamed Youssef (Photo: Ahram)

Ahly coach Mohamed Youssef is satisfied with Sunday's goalless draw against the Orlando Pirates, stressing that the Red Devils achieved their goal against their South African hosts.

Titleholders Ahly, who had already qualified for the African Champions League semis, have finished their group stage campaign as Group A winners with 11 points, three ahead of the Pirates, who joined them in the final four.

"The most important thing for us was to qualify as the group leaders, and that was what we achieved today," Youssef said after the match.

"We were realising that going through as the group leaders will be a guarantee for us to play the return leg at home if we manage to reach the tournament's final.

"I would like to congratulate Orlando players as they delivered an outstanding performance; the match was crucial for them," the Egyptian club tactician added.

Seeking their eighth Champions League title, Ahly will face Cameroon's Coton Sport in the Champions League semifinal. The Egyptian team previously defeated the Cameroonians in the 2008 final.

"Ahly have a great career at the continental level. Despite winning it seven times before, clinching the Champions League title is our main target this season," the Cairo giants coach concluded.

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