Written by Lubna Abdullah
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 01:17 PM
Swiss coach Marcel Koller, Al-Ahly club’s technical director, decided to return Mahmoud Metwally, the team’s defender, to the starting line-up in the Tunisian Esperance match, second leg of the CAF Champions League semi-finals..
Mahmoud Metwally missed the Esperance match in Rades due to his suffering from a coma he suffered in the Egyptian Super match against Pyramids before he underwent medical examinations that proved his safety..
The Red Genie returned with a valuable victory outside the home, placing it on the cusp of the Champions League final for the fourth year in a row and the 16th in its history, thanks to the double of South African Percy Tau, and the goal of Mahmoud Abdel Moneim Kahraba..
Al-Ahly and Al-Taraji will meet at Cairo International Stadium next Friday, and the Red Genie has tremendous options to cross into the final match, including winning or drawing with any result or even losing at home by two goals.
Marcel Koller, Al-Ahly’s technical director, held a special session with the team’s players, during which he talked about the phenomenon of wasting easy opportunities in front of the goal, and the Al-Ahly coach brought a summary of the Red Genie match against Al-Taraji, which he won by three without a response in Tunisia in the first leg of the African Champions League semi-finals, And informing them of the easy opportunities that were wasted by more than one player in the team, most notably Kahraba, Taher Muhammad Taher, Ahmed Abdel Qader and others. Wasting easy opportunities, especially since Al-Ahly is awaiting difficult matches if it reaches the CAF Champions League final
Kahraba wasted an explicit unilateral for Al-Ahly after a magic pass from Percy Tau, which put him face to face with the Esperance goalkeeper, but he shot outside the goal very strangely..
Taher Muhammad Taher also missed the opportunity for the fourth goal for Al-Ahly, when he rushed to shoot the ball from outside the penalty area, to collide with one of the Esperance players and turn into a corner..
Al-Ahly players continued the series of wasting attacks in the last minutes through Ahmed Abdel Qader, who came on as a substitute.