CAIRO – 17 March 2018: Al-Ahly seeks to complete their first mission when they face Gabonese team CF Mounana in the second leg of the CAF Champions League round of 32 on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (CLT) at Stade d'Angondje in Gabon.
The Red Devils are set to decide their qualification to the round of 16, as they thrashed the Central African team 4-0 on March 6 at Cairo Stadium.
Marwan Mohsen opened the score for Al-Ahly before Walid Azarro’s goal that made the score 2-0 in the first half. In the second half, Abdallah El-Said added two goals to secure Al-Ahly’s victory.
The Al-Ahly delegation, headed by Al-Ahly board member Tarek Kandil, left Cairo in the early hours of Wednesday with a list of 22 players. Hossam El-Badry’s chosen squad for the game consists of Mohamed El Shennawi, Ali Lotfi, Mohamed Hany, Mohamed Naguib, Sabry Rahil, Ahmed Fathi, Ayman Ashraf, Saad Samir, Ali Maaloul, Hisham Mohamed, Hossam Ashour, Mido Jaber, Islam Mohareb, Karim Nedved, Ahmed Hamdi, Ahmed Hamoudi, Amr El-Solia, Walid Soliman, Salah Mohsen, Walid Azarro, Junior Ajayi and Marwan Mohsen.
Al-Ahly will miss Abdallah El-Said, who suffered an injury during the training sessions.
Junior Ajayi and Walid Azzarou arrived to Gabon on Friday, as they first headed to their respective home countries, Nigeria and Morocco, to finish some personal issues.
Al-Ahly coach Hossam el-Badry said that the result of the first leg is deceiving despite winning with a clean four goals.
Mounana did not show their true level, he said, keen to explain this point clearly to the players during the lectures held with them over the past two days to alert them of the importance of the game and not to rely on the result of the first match.
Al-Ahly has been crowned the Egyptian League champions six weeks before the end of the season, making this the team’s 40th title in history.