Cairo giants Al Ahly SC will conclude its training on Thursday in preparation for their game against Sudanese Al-Hilal in the second round of the group stage in the CAF Champions League, as South African coach Pitso Mosimane seeks to put the final frills on the plan and method of play.
Al Ahly club arrived in Sudan on Wednesday and the team’s coronavirus test came negative before travelling.
Mosimani held a session with the players on Wednesday, during which he presented the plan of playing against Al-Hilal, as the coach seeks to get out of this match with the best possible result, and hopes to win the three points from the heart of Sudan.
The coach called on the players to end their celebrations of the bronze medal in the Club World Cup, held in the United Arab Emirates, and focus on the upcoming match. Mosimane believes that exaggerating the joy of bronze will affect the players in tomorrow’s meeting.
Regarding the formation, a source within the technical staff said that the South African coach has not yet settled on the formation, although there is stability in some positions, such as Ali Maaloul in the left-back and Mohamed Hani in the right-back, in addition to Mohamed Sharif in the number 9 role, and Mohamed Abdel Moneim in the centre-back.
Sami Kommas, the general coach of the team, was keen to hold more than one session with the players in order to urge them and raise their determination in order to do their best in tomorrow’s meeting, to come up with a satisfactory result, in light of the concern about the impact of the joy of bronze on the players.
He also held a one-on-one session with Hussein Al-Shahat, during which he spoke with him about the attack he suffered in the last period from the fans over his performance in the matches, and asked him not to focus on this attack, and to focus on the development on the field and to reserve a place in the starting lineup.
The Red Devils will face, on 26 February, South African Sun Downs in the third round of the competition.