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Martin Jol: Ramadan’s sending off really bothered me

Source: Al Ahly Official Facebook Page

Source: Al Ahly Official Facebook Page

Al Ahly manager has spoken on a number of topics, notably the sending off of Ramadan Sobhy, the point difference between Al Ahly and Zamalek and also John Antwi’s status at the club, in the post match press conference following his side’s 2-0 victory over ENPPI in the league.

The Al Ahly manager started with commenting on Ramadan Sobhy’s sending off at the end of the first half, stating: “Sobhy’s sending off really bothered me today. It also affected us in the match.”

“There was an altercation between him and an ENPPI defender who cursed our player’s mother, Ramadan then cursed back, but the referee only sent off our player and not the ENPPI player which I find very strange.”

The Dutchman went on to highlight the importance of the points difference between his side and Zamalek. “I sat with the players before the match, to insist that I will only accept the win today so we could widen the point difference with our rivals Zamalek to 11 points. The players did exactly that and managed to deliver the win,” Jol stated.

Jol was then asked about John Antwi status in the team and if he still features in his plans for the team. “Antwi played last time we were in this stadium, Borg El-Arab, and he managed to score the winner for us. Another substitute also assisted his goal, Walid Soliman, everyone is trying their best to prove they deserve their place in the squad.

“We only play with one striker, and we luckily have four great ones. Some will play and some will not and I think that is pretty normal,” Jol concluded.

The win for the Cairo giants extended the lead at the top of the table to 11 points, with arch rivals Zamalek controversially missing out on maintaining the gap after a 0-0 draw with El Dakhleya. Al Ahly’s next match in the league will be on the 25th of March against 3rd placed Smouha.

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