LIVE: Al Ahly v Al Masry | Egypt Super Cup | LIVE TV
The 15th Egypt Super Cup
Friday January 12th, 2018
18:00 Cairo Local Time (GMT +2)
Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al-Ain City, UAE
Ahly are hoping to mark the start of what they hope will be a “great year” by beating bitter rivals Masry in the Egyptian Super Cup in the United Arab Emirates on Friday.
The Red Devils lost to Cairo foes Zamalek in last year’s Super Cup and are determined to make amends by overcoming a stubborn Masry side, whom they also met in the Egypt Cup final last summer.
In August, Masry looked close to causing an upset after taking a 1-0 extra-time lead in the final, only for Ahly to stage a remarkable comeback with two goals in the last three minutes to complete their first domestic double in 10 years.
“We will our best to win the Super Cup. It will be a great start of the year, especially since we want to overcome our loss in the same competition last year [against Zamalek],” Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry told reporters on Tuesday.
“Masry is a tough opponent. They are hungry for a triumph. We faced off in strong matches, including the Egypt Cup final, where they lost. I am sure they are seeking revenge.”
Ahly are buoyed by their recent 3-0 Cairo derby win over Zamalek which briefly lifted them to the league summit before Ismaily regained their position on top with a 3-2 win over Nasr on Tuesday, although Ahly still have a game in hand.
Masry were knocked out of the Egypt Cup this season but are having a fine run in the domestic league, lying third with 30 points from 17 matches, nine behind Ahly.