Saad Samir: I told Bidvest’s striker that he destroyed my dreams as a film star
The 27-year-old defender was subjected to a longitudinal wound near his left eye as a result of the collision with the bar at Bidvest’s goal. “I talked to Bidvest’s striker, and told him that he destroyed my dreams and aspirations as a big film star in Egypt,” said Samir to Al Ahly TV channel.
Samir spoke about facing Bidvest saying that it was a tough game against a team that sits atop the table of the South African Premier Division, which includes teams like Kaiser Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, and Orlando Pirates, all of which Al Ahly has faced off against in African Championships.
“Bidvest has good qualities, and have speed in the offense. We have succeeded in stopping them, and the most important thing is scoring the desired goal, which does not worry us, but naturally worries the fans, but the players have great experience in Africa,” explained Samir.
Samir spoke in defense of the team’s performances, and further explained the match, saying that they studied the opponent beforehand and successfully controlled the rhythm of game, but they were unlucky in the first leg.
“The most important thing is not to concede goals during the playoffs,” added the defender.
“Bidvest’s players were surprised by our concentration on the pitch. It was possible for us to take a relative risk, and attacked when we received the ball, which was what coach Hossam El-Badry asked us to do. Our strong desire to qualify made us more conservative on the pitch,” he said.
Saad Samir concluded by saying that the group stage is easier than the knockout stages as you need to collect points outside your stadium and win your games at home. “There is a lucky group of players within Al Ahly who have won the African Cup, and played in the Club World Cup, and we wish to transfer these experiences to the rest of the players.”
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