Al Ahly veteran Soliman ruled out of CAFCL final

Al Ahly veteran Soliman ruled out of CAFCL final
Walid Soliman (r) of Al Ahly

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jun 30, 2021. 15:00

Al Ahly have been dealt a blow ahead of next month’s CAF Champions League final with the news that veteran Walid Soliman has been ruled out with a hamstring tear.

The 36-year-old winger will be sidelined for between four to six weeks after suffering the injury during a training session this past weekend, as confirmed by Ahly’s team doctor Ahmed Abou-Abla on the club’s official website.

Soliman has endured terrible luck with injuries this past year, also missing Ahly’s Club World Cup campaign in Qatar, where they finished third, and last season’s Egypt Cup final against Talae El-Geish.

Although no longer a regular starter, Soliman’s experience, skill and eye for goal make him an important option off the bench – one coach Pitso Mosimane will not be able to call on for the CAFCL final.

Al Ahly will meet South African giants Kaizer Chiefs in the continental championship match on July 17 in Casablanca. Chiefs will be making their debut in the final, while Ahly are looking to become the first team to win 10 Champions League titles.

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