CAF Champions League CCL: Kohler satisfied with Al Ahly draw against Algeria’s CR Belouizdad

Al Ahly head coach Marcel Koller spoke about his team’s draw against Algeria’s CR Belouizdad in the CAF Champions League on Friday, February 16.

The match between Al Ahly and CR Belouizdad ended in a 0-0 draw, securing Al Ahly’s position at the top of Group D in the CAF Champions League with six points.

During the press conference, Koller said: “We haven’t reached optimal readiness because we haven’t played any matches for six weeks, and the international players arrived late from the Africa Cup of Nations. “In contrast, Belouizdad consistently plays in the Algerian league and they prepared better for today, their performance was better than ours.”

He continued, praising the Algerian team’s abilities, stating: “Belouizdad is excellent, they played elegant football, they’re fast and strong, and I was aware of that before the match, hence I’m good with today’s draw.

“We have two games left in the group, our goal is to win them and qualify at the top, but it won’t be easy, as we face a tough match against Medeama away next week.

“We don’t have official matches during this period, so we’ll try to prepare the team for the challenging encounter in the best possible way. The last match will be like a final and we’ll strive to qualify at the top as we used to.”

Al Ahly extended their lead to six points at the top of the group, followed by Young Africans and CR Belouizdad with five points each, while Medeama sits at the bottom with four points; next Friday, Al Ahly visits Medeama in the fifth round.

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Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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