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Tag: CAF champions league

2008.10.07 17:19:46

Assistant coach of Egyptian league Champions, Al Ahly Hossam Al-Badri has warned his players to avoid complacency in the second leg encounter of the 2008 CAF Champions League semifinal clash against Enyimba FC of Nigeria in Cairo in a fortnight.

Al Ahly held the "People's Elephant" to a goalless draw at the Aba International Stadium, in the first leg of the encounter in Nigeria.

"We are yet to secure qualification, the game is still on, I think both teams have equal chances in the return leg in Cairo," Badri was quoted as saying on Al Ahly's official website.

"We were looking for a win on Sunday, but I think that the difficult conditions in Aba impeded us." he added.

The Al Ahly assistant coach also stated that the players would given extra bonuses if they overcome their Nigerian counterparts and scale through to the finals of the tournament.

It would be recalled that last year, Al Ahly travelled to the Tunisian city of Sousse and held Etoile du Sahel to a draw in the final of the competition, only to come back to the Cairo international stadium and lose 3-1.

  Al Ahly | Enyimba | CAF champions league
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2008.10.06 23:42:13

Head Coach of Nigerian club side Enyimba FC of Aba, Maurice Cooreman is optimistic that his side can go to Cairo and get the necessary result that would see them move to the finals of the 2008 CAF Champions League tournament.

After watching his side play out a drab goalless draw with the visiting "Red Army" at the highly sub-standard Aba International Stadium in the Eastern part of the country, Cooreman is still certain that his side can up their game and move to the finals at the expense of strong favorites, Al Ahly.
"Zero zero is not a bad result. It is just that we did not take our chances when we go them. I am sure we will do better in Cairo," Cooreman told kickoffnigeria.com

Portuguese born coach of Al Ahly, Jose Manuel believes the ugly state of the pitch contributed to the poor display on parade at the Aba International Stadium.

"We have a better side but I must blame the pitch for the low quality of play." Manuel was quoted as saying by the website.

"All through the match there were only two chances at goal, when Abu Treka failed to score and Worgu's cross that was headed badly by Akueme and that is because the pitch did not let us play.

"In Cairo, we will have a better pitch and better football." he added.

  Al Ahly | Enyimba | CAF champions league
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2008.10.03 10:05:13

Enyimba international midfielder, and top scorer in this year's CAF Champions League, Stephen Worgu is optimistic his side can overcome the threat posed by Egyptian League Champions Al Ahly when they come visiting this weekend at the Aba International Stadium.

The game, which is no doubt the biggest on the continent this weekend will afford Worgu an opportunity to add to his 13 goals scored so far in the tournament, and he hopes he can help his team grab a comfortable victory in the first leg so that the second leg would be a formality for the Aba millionaires.

  Enyimba | CAF champions league | Al Ahly
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