Monday Feb 10, 2020. 12:00
Al Ahly insist they are “taking it one game at a time” as they close in on a club record and continue to challenge for honours across three fronts in early 2020.
Ahly left it late last Thursday to defeat Pyramids FC 2-1 away from home and maintain their 100 percent record at the top of the Egyptian Premier League (EPL), with 13 wins from as many matches in 2019/20.
While a record-extending 42nd national championship already appears a formality, the Red Devils could also win a record-extending 12th Egyptian Super Cup when they face arch rivals Zamalek in 10 days’ time (quickly followed by another clash with the White Knights in the league), and they will then tackle South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League, with the first leg of the tie taking place at the end of the month.
Ahly, with 13 straight league wins, are just four short of their club record in the EPL – 17 straight victories set by the class of 2004/05 under the guidance of legendary manager Manuel Jose.
Yet the notion of such achievements will not distract the current team, according to football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz.
“Everyone is aware of the importance of this month’s matches on the domestic and continental fronts, but we are taking it one game at a time,” Abdel-Hafiz said on Ahly’s official website, as quoted by Ahram Online.
“We have a very important match against Sundowns at the end of the month but we must think first about our league matches against El-Geish, Masry and Zamalek.”
Ahly will chase EPL win number 14 for the season when they host El Geish in an evening clash today.