Monday May 15, 2017. 20:00
Al Ahly manager Hossam El-Badry has shrugged off his side’s goalless draw in the CAF Champions League on Saturday, insisting they will progress to the quarterfinals regardless.
The Egyptian giants, who are eight-time African champions, began their Group D campaign on a disappointing note as they were held 0-0 at home by Zambia’s Zanaco this past weekend.
The Red Devils’ coach reckons his side will put this setback behind them and gain enough points in the next five matches to progress into the final eight of the competition.
“We lost two points but we still have a long way ahead in our African journey. We will qualify to the next round no matter how our start was,” El-Badry said after the match, as quoted by KingFut.
“I respect Zanaco’s coach as he said the truth when he said that his team fought hard to secure a point in this game,” he added.
“The changes in the squad were made according to the coaching staff’s technical vision.
“For changes made during the match, they were the result of exhaustion. That’s why I had to change Junior Ajayi and Hossam Ghaly.”
Al Ahly’s next match sees them tackle Cameroon’s Coton Sport away from home on May 23.