CAIRO, September 21, 2018 - Al Ahly of Egypt is planning to win the second leg of CAF Champions League against Guinea’s Horoya.
They drew 0-0 in the first meeting in Conakry and the Egyptian giant's targets a win on Saturday in order to book a semis slot. Coach Patrice Carteron will miss defender Mohamed Naguib and midfielder Amr Elsoleya for the clash in Cairo.
"We forgot everything regarding the first leg. The return leg is totally different, and now we have to win and qualify to the semis. We played the first leg in difficult circumstances and the barren draw is acceptable, though we planned to win there,” Carteron told CAFOnline.
"We will do our best to find the suitable replacements for the absentees, and I'm positive anyone who plays will give his best for the team. All we need is to focus on the game and not to underestimate our opponents (Horoya) who are a very good team. They are a young side and I believe they will have their word in the future", added Carteron.
The Egyptian lost in the finals last year and Carteron has won the title previously with TP Mazembe of DR Congo to the title three years ago.
Carteron announced the 20-man squad to face Guinean side.
The squad saw the exclusion of Mido Gaber, Saad Samir, Amr Solaya, Marwan Mohsen and Mohamed Naguib due to injury.
Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed El-Shennawy, Ali Lotfy.
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi, Mohamed Hany, Salif Coulibaly, Ayman Ashraf, Ali Maaloul, Bassem Ali.
Midfielders: Hossam Ashour, Hesham Mohamed, Karim Nedved, Ahmed Hamdy, Islam Mohareb, Walid Soliman, Momen Zakaria, Ahmed Hamoudi, Akram Tawfik.
Forwards: Salah Mohsen, Walid Azaro.
CONAKRY, September 12, 2018 (News Wires) - Ahead of their quarter final clash with little known Horoya of Guinea, Al Ahly assistant coach Mohamed Youssef says they are taking the game serious.
Horoya reached the last eight of the CAF Champions League at the expense of former winners Mamelodi Sundowns and Youssef says all that point to them being tough opponents.
“We respect all opponents, but all indications say that we will be facing a difficult and strong opponent, especially as they reached the quarters alongside Morocco’s Wydad, while South Africa’s Sundowns were eliminated from the same group,” Youssef was quoted on Ahly’s official website.
“All expectations were that Wydad and Sundowns would be the ones to qualify from their group, but Horoya succeeded in booking a place in the quarters and that proves that we will be facing a strong team.
Al Ahly who finished top of Group A that had Ugandan champions KCCA among others play away on 14 September in the first leg of the while the return leg will be played in Cairo eight days later.
“We are looking forward to achieving a positive result away in the first leg to make our mission easier in the return match. Ahly always play the matches to win.
The record holders of the competition will miss the services of Marwan Mohsen, Mido Gaber, and Amr El-Sulaya due to various reasons including injuries.
Alexandria, August 25, 2018 - Salah Mohsen and Aly Maaloul both found the net as Al Ahly defeated El-Hodood 2-0 in the fourth fixture of the Egyptian Premier League.
Al Ahly entered the game, aiming to record their third league win, in order to top the league with ten points.
Al Ahly’s French manager Patrice Carteron started with Sherif Ekramy instead of Mohamed El-Shennawy who picked up an injury against Wadi Degla.
Ahmed Hamoudi and Salah Mohsen also earned a place in Carteron’s starting lineup for the game.
Al Ahly failed to register a single shot in the first half, as El-Hodood turned the first 45 minutes into a physical game, maintaining strong defence and composure.
The Alexandrian side prevented Al Ahly from building up play and creating dangerous chances on goal, ending the first 45 minutes as a goalless draw.
Five minutes into the game, Naser Maher came on to replace Ayman Ashraf.
El-Hodood wasted a glorious chance in the 53rd minute, as Emam Ashour’s header went just wide.
Islam Mohareb came on in the 62nd minute to replace the injured Hamoudi.
Just one minute later, Al Ahly’s record signing Salah Mohsen opened the scoring following a howler from El-Hodood’s goalkeeper Mossad Awad.
The Red Devils doubled their lead in the 69th minute, as Aly Maaloul sent the ball home from the spot, after Walid Azarou earned a penalty kick for the Reds.
10 minutes later Azarou tapped Amr El-Soulia’s ground cross past Awad, but the Moroccan’s goal was ruled out for offside.
Carteron made his third substitution in the final 10 minutes, as Akram Tawfik replaced Salah Mohsen.
Following the win, Al Ahly tops the league table with ten points and are set to face Kampala City on the 28th of August.
Meanwhile, El-Hodood occupy the 16th spot with one point and will face Petrojet on the 31st of August.
JOHANNESBURG, August 23, 2018 (News Wires) - The Confedration of the African Football (CAF) approved referees from Morocco to handle the final group A Champions League game between Uganda’s Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and Egypt’s Al Ahly.
The game will take place on 28th August 2018 at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo.
Rédouane Jiyed, 39, will handle the game as the center referee.
He will be assisted by country-men Yahya Nouali and Hicham Ait Abbou as first and second assistant referees respectively.
KCCA, who over the weekend overcame Botswana’s champions Township Rollers 1-0 at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
For those maximum points, KCCA displaced Township Rollers from third place as they now have six points, but can not dislodge leaders Al Ahly or Tunisia’s Esperance, who both have 10 points apiece from five matches.
Meanwhile, Township Rollers will entertain Esperance on the same day at the National Stadium, Gaborone.
CAIRO, August 15, 2018 (News Agencies) - Al Ahly Coach Patrice Carteron has decided to register Nasser Maher and Akram Tawfik in the club’s CAF Champions League squad.
The club had to register two new names to complete their 30-squad man ahead of their clash against Espérance Sportive de Tunis on Friday.
The duo joins Momen Zakaria and Salif Coulibaly, who were added to the squad last month, as Al Ahly will aim to win their first CAF Champions League title since 2013.
On the other hand, Ahmed Alaa, Mahmoud El-Gazzar, Ahmed El-Sheikh, Mohamed Sherif, and Ahmed Yasser Rayan were left out of the squad.
Maher spent the last two seasons on loan at Petrojet and Smouha, before returning to his parent club this season, starting Al Ahly’s two opening games against Ismaily and Al Masry.
He has also been linked with a move to a number of European clubs, however, Al Ahly director of football confirmed that the club have not received any formal offers for the playmaker.
Meanwhile, Akram Tawfik is yet to make an appearance for Al Ahly this season, and has played only 11 games for the Reds since joining them in 2016.
Al Ahly are currently second in group A with seven points, three behind Tunisian side Espérance, while Township Rollers, and Kampala City sit third and fourth with three points.
The Red Devils will face Espérance Sportive de Tunis on Friday, August 17 away from home, with a win would ensure the Reds’ place in the quarter-finals.
CAIRO, August 9, 2018 - It’s been confirmed that Bafana Bafana starlet Phakamani Mahlambi has no future with African powerhouse Al Ahly.
The former Bidvest Wits winger made history in 2017 when he became first ever South African to play in the Egyptian Premier League, but has struggled to make a starting berth at the Red Devils his own and has been the subject of much speculation whether he was set for a return to the PSL.
Al Ahly’s director of transfers Mohamed Fadl has revealed that the 20-year-old’s request to leave the club was approved, but whichever team is interested in securing his services will have to fork out considerably more than what the eight-time African champions paid to facilitate his move there.
Meanwhile, European sides Udinese and Villarreal are interested in signing Al Ahly young midfielder Nasser Maher, according to France Football.
The 21-year-old spent the last two seasons on loan at Petrojet and Smouha, before returning to his parent club this season, starting Al Ahly’s two opening games against Ismaily and Al Masry.
And according to France Football, Maher could be on the move again, as Udinese, Villarreal, and several Ligue 1 clubs are intent on signing the Egyptian starlet.
Nasser Maher is not the first Al Ahly youngster to be wanted by Udinese, as Ahmed Hamdi was so close to signing for the Italian side after a trial, but the deal fell through.