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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old November 9th, 2007, 14:42 Thread Starter
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Champions League Final, Return Leg - Ahly vs. ESS

Match should be starting in few hours.

No Barakat from Ahly. The 2 main center backs of ESS are also absent due to 2nd yellow card.

Let's hope for a memorial match like that of the 2005 Cairo match.

Go Ahly!!!!!!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old November 9th, 2007, 14:45 Thread Starter
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Ahly out to make history
Thu, 8 Nov 2007 - 23:44
By: Hatem Maher

Ahly-Etoile face off in African decider

Ahly will be seeking an unprecedented third successive Champions League title when they host Etoile Sahel in the second-leg of the competition's final on Friday.

The Cairo giants, who will also bag a record-breaking sixth title if they beat Etoile, held the Tunisians to a goalless draw in Sousse in the first-leg.

In the 2005 final, Ahly also settled for a goalless away draw with Etoile before crushing them in Cairo 3-0 to claim the trophy.

The dominant tone has been one of optimism among Red Devils fans but manager Manuel Jose is calling for focus ahead of the anticipating encounter.

"I have to admit that we concluded our target in Sousse but we still have to work very hard to make sure that this cup stays with us," he said.

"Etoile are a very good team and honestly they deserve all the respect. They have some very good young players and they are certainly a tough challenger."

Ahly approach the game with an almost full-strength side, following the recovery of injured trio Ahmed Al-Sayed, Gilberto and Emad Al-Nahhas.

Classy playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika, who sustained a minor knock in training, will be also available for the crunch meeting.

Mohamed Barakat is the only absentee for Ahly through automatic suspension, after picking up a controversial yellow card in the first-leg.

Desperate Etoile

Etoile will be desperate to overcome their ill-fated appearances in the final of Africa's premier competition.

The Tunisians reached two successive Champions League finals in 2004 and 2005 but failed in their attempts to capture the trophy, losing to Nigeria's Enyimba and Ahly respectively.

Etoile officials were in confident mood ahead of the first-leg, but following the draw, they became more cautious.

"The result in Sousse neither made our task difficult nor paved the way for our triumph. We will face a powerful team, the best African team in the 20th century," Etoile president Moez Driss said.

Etoile will be missing skipper Seif Ghezal and left full back Mehdi Meriah, both for suspension.
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Al Ahly On Brink Of Record-Breaking Triumph
November 8, 2007

Egypt’s Al Ahly stand on the brink of setting new standards for African club football, heavily fancied to win the MTN CAF Champions League on Friday.

Al Ahly have home advantage for the second leg against Etoile Sahel of Tunisia after a goalless draw away in Sousse in the first leg last month.

The Cairo giants, already proclaimed the best African club of the last century, seek to win the continent’s top club trophy for an unprecedented third successive time and a record-breaking sixth time overall.

An emphatic display in the first leg in Sousse confirmed Al Ahly’s all-conquering credentials and has given them the status of runway favourites for Friday’s return match.

Al Ahly have also been boosted by a medical all-clear handed their midfield playmaker Mohamed Aboutrika, who has overcome a knee injury suffered in a league match last week.

The Egyptians are also hoping to have Angolan winger Gilberto fit for the game after a recuring Achilles tendon problem kept him out of the first leg.

Etoile Sahel, in stark contrast, go into the game without two key defenders, both suspended for the match.

Captain Seif Ghezal, who picked up a second caution in the first leg, and fullback Mehdi Meriah, who was sent off, both sit out the encounter.

“We will miss them but we have adequate replacements. It is not the first time in this competition we have had to reshuffle our defence and last time it worked out very well,” said Etoile Sahel’s coach Bertrand Marchand.

“It will be very important for us to stay calm and not panic. We have tried to make our preparations as routine as possible. I am confident,” said the Frenchman.

Etoile Sahel play in their third MTN CAF Champions League final in the last four years but have never won African football’s top club prize.

Friday’s final has been moved back to Cairo’s International stadium after originally being scheduled for the smaller Military stadium in the Egyptian capital because of the start of the Pan Arab Games at the weekend.

Al Ahly still will not be able to sell all of the stadium’s 67,000 seats because of the preparations for the games, instead limiting ticket sales to 48,000.
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FT Ahly 1-3 ESS

You are bound to lose when you carelessly sell your main defensive midfielder (Shawqy) in the middle of the Champions League and lose your most effective player (Barakat) right before the final.

You are bound to lose when you lose your sweeper in the middle of the second half when you are 1-1 and desperately looking for a goal.

We were horrible in the past few months, from the administration to the players to the coach.

Hard luck on #6 and the record of consecutive CL wins. Time to look forward and revamp the squad.

Go Ahly.
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