El-Badry pleased to end Al Ahly’s 10-year Egypt Cup title drought
The Cairo giants claimed their 36th Egypt Cup title after earning a dramatic 2-1 win over Al Masry on Tuesday to end a 10-year Cup drought.
The 56-year-old manager ascribed the victory to the determination and calmness of the Al Ahly players, who have come back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 in the final five minutes of extra time.
“Al Ahly players have shown great determination. Al Masry scored first, but the players were calm and had a desire to win. We dominated the game and missed several dangerous chances, but we didn’t lose hope,” El-Badry said after the victory.
“Earning victories in the final minutes of the games is due to the players’ persistence.”
Al Ahly striker Amr Gamal levelled the scoreline in the 116th minute, just 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute before Ahmed Fathi scored the winner in the injury time.
El-Badry thanked Al Ahly board, technical staff, and players, as he expressed his happiness for winning the Egypt Cup title for the first time as a coach.
“We wanted to end the Cup drought and regain the title to please the fans,” he added.
The former Al Ahly player who helped the Red Castle win the domestic double said that the team will switch their focus to the CAF Champions League, as they are seeking to win their first Champions League title since 2013.
Record eight-time African champions Al Ahly will host Espérance Sportive de Tunis on September 8 in the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarter-final before traveling to face them in Tunisia one week later.
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