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Ahly haven’t reached Egyptian mini-league yet: Coach

Red Devils boss praises players after they secure third successive win, says his team must fight to progress to next stage

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 16 Apr 2014
Mohamed Youssef
Ahly coach Mohamed Youssef (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Ahly coach Mohamed Youssef has hailed his players after Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Arab Contractors.

Continuing their recovery after a poor run, the Red Devils secured their third successive victory that moved them to the top of Group A.

"Our determination to continue the league campaign successfully and move top of the group played a key role in Tuesday's important win," Youssef said after the match.

The Cairo giants are top of their group with 29 points, ahead of second-placed Smouha on goal difference, but the latter still have a game in hand.

The top two in Groups A and B will qualify for a four-team mini-league phase to determine the winner.

Despite edging closer to securing a place in the final phase of the Egyptian Premier League, the rookie coach believes the title race is still open.

"Beating Arab Contractors doesn't ensure our qualification for the mini-league phase. We've got three precious points but we still have five matches in the group stage and we should consider every one as a single tournament," the coach concluded.

Ahly eye win in Confederation Cup

On Wednesday, Ahly started their preparations for Sunday's clash with Moroccan side Difaa Hassani Jadida in the African Confederation Cup round of 16.

The Reds have no other choice but to beat Difaa to satisfy their fans after their recent Champions League exit.

"We will do our best to get a positive result against Difaa to proceed in the Confederation Cup," Youssef said.

The return leg will be held in Morocco on 25, 26 or 27 of the same month.

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