Al Ahly stranded in Mali following Caf Champions League clash

The Egyptian giants have been unable to return to Cairo in the aftermath of their 1-0 Caf Champions League loss to Stade Malien due to political unrest in the west African country

Al Ahly have been stranded in Mali since Sunday due to clashes taking place in Bamako following a counter-coup attempt by a group of soldiers. Fresh fighting in the Malian capital has reportedly claimed the lives of 14 people and injured some 40 others.

The Egyptians lost their round of 16 first leg against Stade Malien as a result of Lamine Diawara’s late winner and have been unable to return home to continue their preparations for the second leg which will be played on May 12.

“We are all okay, thank God, but at the same time we want this to end as soon as possible,” defender Sherif Abdul-Fadil while speaking to his club’s official website.

“The players are fine but there is some anxiety because it is still unclear to us when shall we return home.”

Meanwhile, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry and the Egyptian embassy in Bamako are working in tandem to receive security assurances from Malian officials so that the Al Ahly delegation can safely leave the country. Goal.com’s regional correspondent, Kingsley Kobo, has learned that the airport will likely reopen today.