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3 options for Kohler to replace Ali Maaloul against Al-Ahly and Esperance

Shoot – Egyptian club Al-Ahly suffered a heavy blow against Tunisian Esperance in the first leg of the African Champions League final.

The Red Giants returned with a goalless draw from Stade de Radès against Tunisian Esperance in the first leg of the African Champions League final.

Despite the positive result, Kohler suffered a painful blow when Ali Maaloul was injured in the first minutes.

Ali Maaloul left the first leg between the Red Giants and Esperance injured after just 5 minutes due to injury.

According to initial indications, the Tunisian star will not play the second leg of the African Champions League final, next Saturday May 25.

Marcel Kohler will therefore be forced to find a solution to compensate for one of the most important keys to his game during the match.

3 options for Kohler to replace Ali Maaloul against Al-Ahly and Esperance

The Swiss coach will have three options to compensate for the absence of Ali Maaloul in the ranks of Al-Ahly during the return match.

First choice:

What he resorted to in the first leg, that is to say playing Karim Fouad at left-back, would be the first possibility that the Swiss would think of.

Marcel Kohler brought on Karim Fouad to replace the injured Ali Maaloul against Esperance in the first leg.

What most distinguishes Karim Fouad is his offensive tendency and his great speed, which make him capable of covering this side both offensively and defensively.

Kohler benefited from Karim Fouad having held this position during his time with Enppi before joining Al-Ahly, so this is not strange for him.

It is likely that this will be Kohler’s choice in the match due to his offensive tendency and what Al-Ahly will need in the second leg.

the second choice:

Placing Karim Al-Dbis in his original left-back position would be the second option considered by Marcel Kohler.

Karim Al-Debis showed good ability after being relied upon at the start of the season, and he will play in his starting position with his preferred “left” foot.

But what makes this option a risk is that he has been absent from the team for a long time.

The young full-back has not participated since against Medeama in November 2023, more than six months.

Karim Al-Debis’ shares are therefore falling against Karim Fouad at left-back.

the third option:

Khaled Abdel Fattah is considered the third option ahead of Marcel Kohler, having counted on him several times to replace Maaloul.

But what makes this choice unlikely is Khaled Abdel Fattah’s defensive tendency and his lack of offensive abilities.

Although Al-Ahly needs a greater offensive tendency in the second leg, its shares are decreasing due to the circumstances of the match.

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