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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 November 2006, 14:17 GMT
Ahly hit by positive drugs test
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Samaka will miss the second leg of the Champions League final
Ahly midfielder Amro Samaka has failed a drugs teat and has been left out the squad for Saturday's second leg of the African Champions League.

Samaka has not travelled with his team-mates to Tunisia where they are due to play CS Sfaxien at the Rades Stadium.

The Confederation of African Football has confirmed that Samaka's first test, taken after a group match with JS Kabylie, tested positive for a banned substance.

His second sample is yet to be examined but if it too proves positive, Samaka faces a one-year ban.

Samaka is joined on the sidelines by Egyptian international Mohamed Barakat, who is suffering with an injured knee once again .

Barakat managed to battle back from injury to play in the first leg against CS Sfaxien that ended in a draw two weeks ago .

Ahly are also without midfield kingpin Mohamed Shawky, who is suspended after picking up a caution for the second time in three matches in the first leg of the final.

There are also long-term injuries to Emad Al Nahhas, striker Osama Hosni and the former Anderlecht midfielder Tarek Said.

Ahly are seeking to win the Champions League for a record-equalling fifth time and become only the third club in more than 40 years to successfully defend African football's top club prize.

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