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Al Ahly: We are not worried about losing the title
Following Al Ahly’s 2-2 draw against Al Masry, the Red Devils remain at the top of the league, just three points ahead of second placed Zamalek.
Al Ahly football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz said that he is not worried about losing the title, explaining that there is still a long way to go.
“The title will only be decided during the last matches of the league,” Abdel-Hafiz said.
Abdel-Hafiz praised his players and commended their efforts against Al Masry, saying they were “unlucky” not to win the three points.
He, however, expressed his frustration for dropping six points in three consecutive matches, while insisting that the management team has complete trust in its players abilities to turn things around. He added that the halting of the league for the national team’s match against Burkina Faso should benefit the team.
Al Ahly interim manager ‘Zizo’ also gave his thoughts on the match, while criticising the Egyptian players’ “methods of wasting time against his team”.
Zizo said that players tend to exaggerate in wasting time against Al Ahly, stating that these methods adversely affect the state of Egyptian football.
“In European games, the injury time amounts to a minute or two,” Zizo said.
He called on head of refereeing committee Gamal El-Ghandour to ask the referees to calculate the injury time correctly in matches and add it accordingly.
Zizo also highlighted the fans’ continued absence from the stands, saying that Egyptian football will never progress unless the fans start attending matches again. He stated that fans are a big factor in driving teams forward.
Al Ahly coach refused to blame goalkeeper Ahmed Adel for conceding the penalty, saying that the foul was not disastrous and that he played a good game. “Any keeper could have made this mistake,” he added.
He also explained the exclusion of Abdallah El-Said and Hossam Ghaly from the starting lineup, saying that both players needed the rest.
“I preferred to sideline them as they were suffering from fatigue due to playing a lot of consecutive matches,” he said.
Zizo added that he wanted to give Saleh Gomaa, who was brought off in the second half, more minutes on the pitch to give him more confidence for future matches as “the league still has a long way to go”.
Next up for Al Ahly is a home match against Petrojet on Wednesday, March 2.