VIDEO: Ahly’s match at Coton called off due to weather conditions
The first leg of Ahly’s CAF Champions League semi-final against Cameroon’s Coton Sport was cancelled due to terrible weather conditions resulting in a waterlogged pitch in Garoua.
Al-Ahly went into this match looking for the win, to make the second leg easier, especially since the majority of Ahly’s starting eleven are international players and have two crucial upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Ghana. (Egypt’s match is on October 15th and Al-Ahly’s second leg tie against Coton Sport is on October 20th – a short period of time between both matches, not to mention that there is always a chance that Ahly players may get injured).
Therefore a good result in this match will make the coaching stuff more at ease and there will be less pressure on the players, especially the international ones.
Mohamed Youssef chose the following to start for Al-Ahly:
Sherif Ekramy – Wael Gomaa – Mohamed Naguib – Ahmed Fathi – Shehab El-Dein Ahmed – Hossam Ashour- Abdallah El-Said – Walid Soliman – Ahmed Abdel-Zaher – Mohamed Abou-Treika
Al-Ahly started the match off well, with great interchanges of passes between the players. Then Coton players got more possession of the ball, mainly due to mistakes in Ahly’s midfield line, however, the defense was wide awake.
Abou-Treika and Abdullah El-Said’s headers were Al-Ahly’s best chances of the first half. Treika received a good cross from El-Said and his strong header was denied by Feudjou from point blank range.
Walid Soliman then crossed the ball to Abdullah El-Said and the goalkeeper managed to deny Ahly from close range once again with another superb save.
Sherif Ekramy had his moment as well when he easily caught the ball after it was strongly struck by the Coton attacker.
The second half started with Ahmed Abdel-Zaher volleying the ball straight at the keeper with his left foot, in what could have been a very good goal.
Moussa Yedan was the player behind most of Coton’s dangerous play. He was close to scoring with after rebounding a Coton shot but his header went just wide of the post.
Walid Soliman tried to give Al-Ahly the lead with a shot aiming to be placed in the top corner, however, it was a weak effort.
After that, the match was not broadcast due to technical problems as the weather conditions were severely altered.
It was raining heavily in Garoua with strong winds.
A good play by Al-Ahly was televised for a minute or so: Walid Soliman’s corner reached Shehab who struck the ball strongly before it rebounded to Treika, whose shot was off target.
There were massive puddles in the pitch, and it was not suitable for the match to be resumed.
— AhlyEgypt Info (@AlAhlyInfo) October 5, 2013
This lead to the match being halted for about 30 minutes before the referee decided to postpone the match to be played tomorrow.
Al-Ahly officials failed to convince the referee to resume the match. Postponing the match would give Coton Sport the advantage, giving them the chance to analyze their mistakes and improve their game at home in front of Al-Ahly, as the African champions were more dangerous and it was noticeable that Coton’s right side was poor. Moreover, it could mess up some of the calculations of the national team and their preparations for the upcoming match against Ghana.
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