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Youssef names Ahly squad for Champions League final against Pirates
The first leg of the CAF Champions League final is just around the corner. Al-Ahly traveled Monday night at 11 pm to South Africa to take on Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium on November 2nd.
The Cairo giants advanced passed Coton Sport on penalties last week and manager Mohamed Youssef has already decided on his players to try and achieve Al-Ahly’s 8th star.
Emad Meteb is the one under the spotlight, he was in the squad list against Coton Sport for the 2nd leg of the semi-final but did not participate.
Meteb scored a beautiful goal in Al-Ahly’s friendly against Dakhleya last Saturday (ended 2-2, Abdel-Zaher scored the second goal) which was very important for Youssef: “I did not care about the result of the match, the most important things are Emad scoring and Hossam Ashour getting better after his shoulder injury,” he said.
No.1 goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy, however, may not participate in the match. Ekramy underwent an MRA and it showed an injury in his calf, but the final decision will be taken in South Africa. Ahly’s club doctor Ehab Ali said: “Trainings in South Africa will decide whether Ekramy will play or not.”
The manner in which Ahly qualified to the final was not very reassuring to the fans after struggling at home to the Cameroonians. Understandably though, considering that most of their players were part of the national team that lost 6-1 in Ghana a few days before.
Orlando Pirates were able to get past Espérence de Tunis – even though the latter were seen as favourites – after two draws: 0-0 in Johannesburg and 1-1 in Rades, advancing on away goals.
Al-Ahly have had two encounters with the Pirates in the group stage of this year’s competition. The first match ended 3-0 in Orlando’s favour in Gouna during the fasting hours of Ramadan, while the second ended with a nil-nil draw in Johannesburg.
Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy – Ahmed Adel Abdul-Monem – Mahmoud Abou El-Saoud
Defenders: Wael Gomaa – Sherif Abdel-Fadil – Mohamed Naguib – Saad El-Din Samir – Ahmed Fathi – Said Moawad – Ahmed Shedid Kenawy
Midfielders: Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ – Rami Rabia – Shehab El-Din Ahmed – Hossam Ashour – Ahmed Shokry – Abdullah El-Said – Walid Soliman – Mohamed Abou-Treika
Forwards: Dominique Da Silva – El-Sayed Hamdy – Emad Meteb – Ahmed Abdel-Zaher
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