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Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry: We were better than Wydad Casablanca

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 06, 2017. 20:00


Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry said Wydad Casablanca did not deserve to win the CAF Champions League on Saturday night.

El-Badry believes his players were more powerful and dangerous than Wydad’s, despite the 1-0 loss to the Moroccan side in the second-leg of the final.

The outspoken coach has blamed the referee for the loss, saying the Moroccans scored from an obvious offside.

After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, a solitary goal through Walid El-Karti’s header ensured the Moroccans lifted the continental trophy 2-1 on aggregate.

“Wydad are entitled champions, but not by the performance. They scored from an obvious offside while the referee deprived us of two well-deserved penalties,” said the 56-year-old tactician.

“I warned before of refereeing mistakes and we suffered from it in the two legs of the final, but it seems that nobody cares about African refereeing.

“It’s very sad that African tournaments are being won by referees.”

In the wake of the win, Wydad will now play in the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi next month and will represent the African continent.

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Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry unfazed by Wydad test in Champions League final – 2017 CAF Champions League

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 12:30


Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry insists they have been through tough situations before as they prepare to face Wydad Casablanca in the second leg of their CAF Champions League final on Saturday.

El Badry will want to bag the continental trophy as he also led the Red Devils to glory in 2012 and he remains upbeat ahead of the clash.

The over 60 000 capacity Mohamed V Complex in Casablanca will be the venue for the second leg final after both sides settled for a 1-1 draw last weekend in Alexandria.

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“We have passed this situation many times in the past. We know what the stakes are,” El Badry told reporters.

“We will give all it takes to win this title, and I’m positive my boys can do it.”

Both sides will be without some key players through injury for the decisive match, with Wydad’s talented winger Mohamed Ounajem having a strained his thigh during the first leg.

On the other hand, Ahly duo of Tunisian left back Ali Maaloul and midfielder Hossam Ashour are also out with groin injuries.

The winner will walk away with a cash reward of 2,500,000 US Dollars and a ticket to represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup in December in Abu Dhabi.

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All Ahly’s El-Badry bemoans poor refereeing in first leg of Champions League final – 2017 CAF Champions League

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 10:30


In the wake of their CAF Champions League, first-leg 1-1 draw in the final against Wydad Casablanca, Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry has lashed out at the referee.

El-Badry believes his side should have been awarded a penalty against Wydad Casablanca on Saturday at the Borg El-Arab Stadium.

Goals through Momen Zakaria and Achraf Bencharki saw the two North African sides playing to a draw.

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However, El-Badry bemoaned the Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa’s failure to give his side a penalty in the second half.

The 56-year-old coach believes his side deserved a penalty when Moroccan striker Walid Azaro was fouled inside the box by defender Badr Gaddarin just before the hour-mark.

“The referee denied us a legitimate penalty after Azaro was fouled inside the box,” El-Badry said.

“I knew it was going to be a tough match, and we didn’t exploit the chances that we had during the game. We weren’t lucky today too.

“The difference between the Etoile du Sahal game and today’s game is that against Etoile we were lucky and scored from all that the chances we got.”

The Red Devils will travel to Morocco for the second leg next Saturday and a victory or a 2-2 draw would secure Al Ahly their ninth title, while a goalless draw would earn Wydad their second title in history.

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Emad Meteb rubbishes feud with Al Alhy coach Hossam El-Badry – 2017 CAF Champions League

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Emad Meteb rubbishes feud with Al Alhy coach Hossam El-Badry

Ahly’s striker Emad Meteb

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 23, 2017. 18:00


Although he was unhappy when he was subbed against Al Ittihad, Al Ahly striker Emad Meteb says he is on good terms with coach Hossam El-Badry.

The veteran striker was seen throwing away his training bib in a show of disagreement with his coach’s substitution decision against Al Ittihad in the Egyptian Premier League last week

However, the 34-year old striker was included in the CAF Champions League squad to face Etoile Sahel and featured in their 6-2 semifinal win.

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Meteb came on in the second stanza to replace Junior Ajayi.

“There is no crisis with Hossam El-Badry. I respect him very much and there is nothing that affects our relationship,” he said to the BBC.

“There may be a difference of views on some things but our relationship has not been affected by any difference of views.

“The circumstances and outcome of the match allowed me to play. I always want to play and have an impact with the team.”

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Hossam El-Badry says support is vital ahead of Champions League semifinal – 2017 CAF Champions League

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 19, 2017. 15:30


Ahead of their crucial CAF Champions League semifinal encounter against Etoile Sportive du Sahel on Sunday, Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry has called on supporters to rally behind the team.

El-Badry has expressed confidence in the team reaching the African Champions League final, but wants to count on the support of fans in Sunday’s clash.

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The Red Devils will welcome the Tunisian giants at Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria for the second leg of the continental competition’s semifinal.

Ahly lost the opening leg 2-1 away and have played two Egyptian Premier League games this week, defeating Ittihad 2-0 on Thursday and Ragaa 4-1 on Monday.

“I am sure fan support on Sunday will ease our mission to snatch the qualifying ticket,” the 57-year-old told his club’s official website.

“The attendance of 50,000 fans – approved by security authorities – will definitely be a positive boost for the team to overcome the loss.

“The Ittihad and Ragaa games were very good preparation for the Sunday game. I hope that the referee will be fair in his decisions.”

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Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry insist they can reach the Champions League semifinals – 2017 CAF Champions League

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 12:30


Following their 2-2 draw against Tunisian side Esperance, Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry says they can still reach the CAF Champions League semifinals.

The Red Devils came back twice to ensure they settle for a 2-2- draw against Esperance in the quarterfinal first leg on Saturday.

El-Badry insists that his side was better than their Tunisian rivals, regardless of the result, and believes they will do their best to reach the last four of the competition.

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“Ahly wasted many scoring chances and were able to dominate the field, and but final result doesn’t really represents that performance,” the 59-year-old tactician said.

“I refuse to focus on (Sherif) Ekrami individually. Defensive mistakes cost us the two goals. The referee cancelled a penalty for us and this could have changed the result.

“I hope we don’t pressure the players too much ahead of the away game in Tunisia, especially as we still have a chance to qualify for the semifinals.

“The next match needs a balanced strategy.”

The return leg is set to be staged next Saturday in Rades as both sides will want to secure a spot in the semi-finals of the premier club tournament.

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El-Badry wants a win over Zanaco desperately – 2017 CAF Champions League

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Jun 30, 2017. 13:00


Ahead of their CAF Champions League, Group D encounter against Zambian side Zanaco FC, Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry admits they are desperate to reach the knockout stages of the competition.

El-Badry says his charges will have to use their experience in the club continental tournament to protect their legacy come Saturday.

The Red devils are fresh from a 2-0 loss against Wydad Casablanca and will now want to bounce back to winning ways in Lusaka.

Although he said his players are aware of the importance of the game against Zanaco, he acknowledged it will not be an easy assignment.

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“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,” El-Badry said.

“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.”

The coach has also named his squad for the encounter set to be staged at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Saturday.

Al Ahly full squad:


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

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