Ahly of Egypt eager to create a new era at Women's African Club Championship
Antananarivo, Madagascar, April 4, 2013 – Egypt’s Ahly Club have a lofty goal at the 2013 Women's African Club Championship in Antananarivo.
Ahly have five titles but the last was in 2009, just one year before the competition became a qualifier for the FIVB Club World Championship. In the last three editions of the competition, Kenya Prisons claimed the title, meaning Ahly didn't have the chance to play at the prestigious World Championship.
"It is a dream for all our players to qualify for the World Championship; it is a new objective for them," said Ahly coach Mamdoh Ismail.
"We have now a new generation, including young players – like our centres Nirmeen Seif Elnassr and Norhan Rezk, and outside hitter Sara Ahmed – who haven’t tasted victory in such a big competition. Those players are more enthusiastic about winning the gold medal in this competition so they can gain exposure at the international level.
"We can't use the new generation alone and so we added some experience to the squad with the likes of middle blocker Engy El Shamy and sisters Sherihan and Nahla Abdelfattah, and from this mixture we need to enter a new era in the club's history."
"I know we have a lot of hard work to do to beat all the strong opponents, especially the Kenyan and Algerian clubs, but we have the capacity to do it."
Al Ahly were bronze medallists in 2011.