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Hossam El Badry © Backpagepix

Champions League delivers up its first casualty

Al Ahly coach Hossam El Badry is the first casualty of this year’s African Champions League group stage campaign, quitting just hours after the Egyptian giants slumped to 2-0 loss to Kampala Capital City Authority in their Group A tie on Tuesday.

"Ahly's management accepted Hossam El Badry's resignation and appointed his assistant Ahmed Ayoub as an interim coach,'' said a statement on the club's official website.

It ends a third stint in charge at the Cairo club for the 59-year-old, whose latest spell began in mid-2016 when he succeeded Dutch coach Martin Jol.

El Badry took Ahly to successive league titles and guided them to their first Egypt Cup success in 10 years when they won last year’s final.

He also took them to last year’s Champions League decider, but they lost the final to Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca 2-1 on aggregate.

But recent setbacks have put him under pressure. Al Ahly lost to Zamalek in the Cairo derby for the first time in 11 years, before exiting the Egypt Cup with a loss to newly promoted side Assiouty Sport.

The eight-time winners made a disappointing start in the Champions League group stage as they were held to a goalless draw at home to Tunisian giants Esperance on May 5.

The defeat in Kampala leaves them with just one point at the bottom of the standings.


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