Al Ahly players talk about Champions league first leg final match
Egyptian giants Al Ahly will kick off the 2012 Orange CAF Champions league final with a home tie against Tunisia’s Esperance this Sunday at the Alexandria Burg El Arab Stadium. Ahead of the crucial first leg encounter Cafonline.com went to Al Ahly camp and spoke to a number of players who had the following to say about the prospective mouth-water match at the weekend.
Emad Meateb: Having our supporters back strengthens us
“Definitely this is going to be a very tough game, but all we are thinking about is the trophy. We know well the nature of the encounters between Egyptian and Tunisian clubs. We respect Esperance but we’re not afraid of them. We’ll do our best to win the title and dedicate it to the souls of our fans who lost their lives in Port Said. Along our campaign we were affected negatively by playing behind closed doors, and now that we have our supporters back, they’re going to strengthen our side going into such an important fixture”.
Ahmed Fathy: Tough game for both sides
“I wish we could win the premier African title that we last won in 2008. The game is going to be tough for both teams. Ahly and Esperance are currently the best cubs on the continent. We’re ready for the match and will do our best to achieve a convincing victory to help us before the away leg in Tunis”.
Mohamed Nagy “Geddo”: I hope to continue my scoring streak
“It doesn’t matter whether I score goals or not, what matters most is that Ahly wins the first leg and then the trophy after the away leg. Our focus now is to win Sunday’s game in a way that makes our mission in Tunis an easier one. Definitely I hope to continue my scoring streak after managing to score three times against Nigeria’s Sunshine Stars in the semi final. If I scored in the Champions League final this would be a very precious goal in my career”.
Abdullah El Said: Dreaming of my first title
“We fought a long way till we reached the final amidst very tough situation. This is my first African Champions League final but my teammates keep on telling me that winning the Champions League is something that I’ll never forget. I’m dreaming of my first continental title with Al Ahly. This is going to be a very tough game, but we possess the experienced players who can make the difference”.
Ramy Rabiaa: Am ready to play in any position
“I’m ready to take part in Sunday’s game and will play in any position that the technical staff see fit for me. Manager Houssam El Badry tried me in both defensive midfielder and left back positions and I can play anywhere. Taking part in a historical game like the Champions League final is every player’s dream”.
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