Al Ahly's head coach Juan Carlos Garrido
Tuesday Nov 25, 2014. 20:52
Al Ahly coach Juan Carlos Garrido has warned his players not to get carried away by their rebound in the league and that this Saturday’s CAF Confederation Cup first leg final was a different prospect.
The Egyptian giants face Sewe Sport of Côte d’Ivoire away in the first leg final in Abidjan.
Al Ahly warmed-up for the trip after beating bottom of the table Nasr 2-1 on Sunday to pick up their third successive league win.
“I ask players to forget the Nasr game and concentrate on the final in Ivory Coast to ease our mission in the second leg in Cairo,” Garrido said.
Al Ahly are sixth on the table on 14 points and four behind arch-rivals and leaders Zamalek after nine rounds of league games played.
However, Garrido added that his young players failed to impress against Nasr after his decision to rest most of his regular starters for the Sewe trip.
“I expected more from the young players who always demanded to have a chance to play in the official games,” Garrido said.
Al Ahly were trailing Nasr 1-0 at halftime before veteran striker Emad Meteb came off the bench to equalise in the 85th minute.
Seventeen-year-old midfield prospect Ramadan Sobhi then handed Al Ahly the three points with a header deep into stoppage time.
Meanwhile, this will record eight-time African champions Al Ahly and Sewe’s debut Confederation Cup final appearance.