Al Ahly players celebrate a goal in a past league fixture. The team claimed a landmark 40th league title on Monday 12 March Egypt Today
Al Ahly claim historic 40th league title
By Peter Wainaina | Tue 13 Mar, 2018 14:21

Egyptian heavyweights Al Ahly have secured a landmark 40th league title after attaining an unassailable 22 point lead atop the league standings.

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The Cairo based side was confirmed champions with six games to spare on Monday 12 March after El Masry, seen as the real challengers, given that they had three games in hand, played out a barren draw with El-Entag El-Harby.

Hossam El Badry’s Al Ahly side had on Sunday 11 March put themselves on the verge of bagging the crown by beating fifth place ENNPI 1-0 away.

Al Ahly have 75 points from 28 games, winning 24 and only suffering defeat once.

"We played an extraordinary season and that makes me very happy, as we won the title with six weeks to spare," El Badry told the club's official website.

"This season was not easy, we faced many tough times, we missed many players this season from injuries but at the end, we are the champions," he added.

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"I want to thank my players and the technical staff for all their efforts this season, we all fought so that we won the title."

After securing the title, Al Ahly’s sights will now switch to the CAF Champions League where they face an away last 16 second leg tie against Gabonese side Mounana. They lead the tie 4-0 on aggregate.

The team has won a record eight CAF Champions League titles and were losing finalists last year, going down to Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca.

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