ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka
AL AHLY coach Hossam Elbadry is banking on experience to beat Zanaco in Saturday’s CAF Champions League Group D match at
National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
In an interview on arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka yesterday, Elbadry said the eight-time African champions will use their experience to close in on leaders Zanaco.
The first leg ended goalless on May 13 in Alexandria.
Zanaco lead the group with 10 points, three better than second-placed Al Ahly, while Wydad Casablanca of Morocco have six points.
Bottom-placed Coton Sport of Cameroon, who face Wydad this weekend, have no point.
Elbadry said that experience will count when the North Africans take on the Bankers.
“Experience is very important. The name Al Ahly is very big in Africa and we need to do well. All we are thinking about is qualification,” Elbadry said.
He said the players know the importance of the game against Zanaco and will do their best to get a good result.
“It will be a tough match because now we are not only thinking about ourselves [Al Ahly] and Zanaco but there is also Wydad Casablanca from Morocco. We know what we need to do,” he said.
Elbadry, however, admitted that Zanaco have the momentum but he is confident Al Ahly will triumph.
“We have made our calculations for the game and we know what we need to do if we don’t win, maybe we can be out,” Elbadry said.
Elbadry said winning the Egyptian Premier League has motivated his players to excel in the CAF Champions League.
“We were disappointed to draw with Zanaco [0-0] in the first leg at home [Alexandria] but it is football. Zanaco are a good team,” he said.
Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy, Ahmed Adel, Mohamed El-Shennawy.
Defenders: Ahmed Hegazy, Rami Rabia, Saad Samir, Mohamed Naguib, Mohamed Hany, Ahmed Fathi, Sabri Rahil, Ali Maaloul.
Midfielders: Hossam Ghaly, Hossam Ashour, Amr El- Sulaya, Saleh Gomaa, Momen Zakaria, Karim Nedved, Ahmed Hamoudi, Abdallah El-Said, Walid Soliman.
Forwards: Junior Ajayi, Amr Gamal.