El-Khatib backs Ahly players, Gomaa ready for Champions League test

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 25 Mar 2014

Ahly vice-president Mahmoud El-Khatib urges players to win Ahly Benghazi match amid the absence of club chairman Hassan Hamdy who faces corruption allegations

Mahmoud El-Khatib
Egyptian legend Mahmoud El-Khatib “Bebo" (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Ahly defender Wael Gomaa is ready for Saturday's clash against Libya's Ahly Benghazi in the second leg of the CAF Champions League round of 16.

The veteran player was doubtful ahead of the anticipated clash due to muscular injury but he will be ready to help the Cairo giants recover from the disappointing 1-0 loss in the first leg last week.

On Saturday, Ahly will be in a must win situation if they are to successfully continue their African campaign.

"Gomaa is ready for the Ahly Benghazi clash after recovering from a muscular injury he picked during Monday's training session," Ahly's club doctor Ehab Aly told the club's official website on Tuesday.

El-Khatib backs players amid president crisis

Ahly Vice-President Mahmoud El-Khatib attended the morning session on Tuesday to back the players and the technical staff ahead of the match with the Libyan team.

"El-Khatib held a meeting with the players after the training session urging them to do their best to win Saturday's important match," Ahly's site said.

On Monday night, Ahly was hit by the news of club president Hassan Hamdy being detained for 15 days pending investigations into corruption allegations.

Hamdi, Ahly's prominent football star of the 1970s, is also Al-Ahram Advertising Agency former head.

His detention was ordered by Judge Tharwat Hamed, appointed to investigate allegations of corruption at Al-Ahram.

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