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Hossam Hassan criticises EFA after Al Masry beat Al Ahly
Al Masry manager Hossam Hassan criticised the Egyptian Football Association and explained that he had no special plan for his side’s match against Al Ahly.
Al Masry defeated Al Ahly 3-2 in a postponed match from gameweek 24 of the Egyptian Premier League at Borg El-Arab Stadium, a result that helped the Port Said-based club jump to the third position, one point clear of fourth-placed Wadi Degla.
“My plan doesn’t change and I don’t depend on the opposition’s tactics. I have my tactical plan, I have my goals, and I play against all the teams in the same way,” Hassan said in post-match press conference.
“Everyone in the club did their best before the game in order to get such good result. My words wouldn’t have changed even if we had lost the game. We didn’t want to leave anything to chance,” the former Egypt international explained.
Hassan expressed his dismay over the order of his side’s fixtures, as Al Masry are set to face second-placed Zamalek on June 24 in gameweek 32, which would mark their first game following Al Ahly clash.
“We aren’t happy about the order of our games. I faced Al Ahly in a postponed game right before my match against Zamalek,” said Hassan, suggesting that Al Ahly game should have been postponed to the end of the season.
The former Zamalek coach was delighted by his side’s win over Al Ahly, but he still questioned the referee’s decision of adding eight minutes of injury time in the second half.
“I was surprised by the exaggerated amount of added time. I was worried that Al Ahly might be able to get back into the game and then our efforts would have been in vain,” Hassan concluded.