Egypt's Al Ahly claimed their fifth Orange CAF Super Cup title this Saturday after beating Congo's AC Leopards 2-1 in the coastal city of Alexandria. Ahly, the reigning champions of the Orange CAF Champions League scored twice in the second half through Ramy Rabiaa and veteran Mohamed Barakat before Rudy Ndey scored the consolation for Leopards. Manager Houssam El Badry expressed his happiness with that victory.
"I'm very happy," El Badry told Cafonline.com. "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".
"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.
The 52 years old manager said the game was a tough one against a good team. "It was a difficult game especially in the second half. We felt tired and had to do some changes. Leopards is a very good team, even better than most of our opponents in the past Champions League campaign".
El Badry praised veteran player Barakat's performance saying "He was awesome. Barakat led the team for this victory and I believe he was man of the match. I want also to applaud Emad Metaeb's performance too. I know he will regain his form very soon. Ramy Rabiaa was amazing too. The young lad has a very bright future".
Al Ahly manager said his team got no time to rest after winning the Super Cup. "We'll resume training immediately. Al Ahly has tough challenges in the domestic league, cup and the CAF Champions League. We play to win every title. I dedicate this to our martyrs who passed away in Port Said last year", El Badry concluded.