2013 CAF Super Cup - Coach Houssam El Badry of the Egyptian club Al Ahly has described as 'a reward for my players' the club's victory in the 2013 CAF Super Cup played on Saturday.
Al Ahly defeated AC Leopards of Congo Brazzaville 2-1 to win its fifth Super Cup title in the Egyptian city of Alexandria.
The Super Cup is played annually between the winners of the CAF Champions League, and the CAF Confederation Cup.
“This is an important trophy. Winning this title against the challenges that we have faced last season and this current period is amazing. This title is a reward for my players who faced many difficulties but managed to claim victory,” PANA Monday quoted coach El Badry to have said in an interview with Cafonline, the official website of African soccer's governing body, CAF.
“Almost half of the team that won the CAF Champions League is not available. Mohamed Abou Treika, Ahmed Fathy and Mohamed Gedo were loaned abroad; Houssam Ghaly, Sayed Moawad and Waleed Suleiman are injured. They are all key players and bringing in new players is always a gamble but they did well. This victory will help them psychologically,” El Badry added.
Al Ahly has now won five of six Super Cup titles, with its only defeat coming from fellow-Egyptian club Zamalek.
The victory in the 2013 CAF Super Cup fetched Al Ahly US$75,000, while AC Leopards collected US$50,000.