With a new coach at the helm and new players on board, Egyptian giants Al Ahly start yet another dream towards ending a six-year wait for the premier continental club championship.
The Red Devils last won the prestigious CAF Champions League title in 2013, and are hoping to extend their dominance with an unprecedented ninth title to their famous red jersey.
Ahly travels to Equatorial Guinea capital Malabo to take on newcomers Cano Sport on Saturday in the first leg of the Round of 16. After an emphatic 13-0 aggregate victory over South Sudan’s Atlabara in the preliminary round, the eight-time winners will now seek to overcome another hurdle in their way to the mini-league stage.
Last week, Ahly unveiled their new coach, Swiss Rene Weiler, who has penned a one -year contract. Weiler, who is the first Swiss to manage the Cairo giants succeeded Uruguayan Martin Lasarte who was sacked last month.
“Al Ahly is a great club and I know everything about them”, Weiler told the media at his unveiling last week. “Our target is to win all competitions, and on top of the list is CAF Champions League. I know Ahly last won it in 2013 and that it’s their first priority. We will do our best to achieve that”.
The Red Devils recruited three new players this summer, while extending the loan deal of their winger Ramadan Sobhy from English Championship side Huddersfield Town. Malian midfielder Aliou Dieng joined from Algerian giants MC Alger, while defender Mahmoud Mitwally and playmaker Mohamed Magdy “Afsha” are from local sides Ismaily and Pyramids respectively.