Al Ahly manager Hossam El-Badry blames referee after Egypt Cup exit
Al Assiouty managed to pull off a huge upset win, knocking Al Ahly out of the quarter-final of the Egypt Cup after earning a 1-0 victory, thanks to Omar Kamal’s winner in the 64th minute.
Following the game, which was held at El-Salam Stadium on Monday night, head coach El-Badry blamed referee Mohamed Adel. The Egyptian champions had a penalty claim for handball just before half time but Adel turned it down.
“I’d like to speak about the referee. The referee is not the main cause of our loss, but we can say that some mistakes are extremely effective to the final result of the game and that is what happened today against Al Assiouty,” El-Badry said in the press conference after the game.
“Egypt needs development in the refereeing aspect of the game, and it seems a fifth referee is not the answer to that.
“I believe the referees are ruining all the attempts of the Egypt Football Association to develop football here,” El-Badry added.
This is the second consecutive loss for the Red Devils, something that last happened domestically in 2015, yet the 58-year-old coach believes his team were unlucky.
“We have been really unfortunate in the last four days,” said El-Badry in reference to their 2-1 loss to Zamalek in the Egyptian Premier League on Thursday as well the Assiouty match on Monday.
“We dominated the game and pressed in the second half but were really unlucky.
El Badry refused to criticise the Al Ahly players, saying “it was not the players’ fault.” He urged his squad to focus on the following games. After securing the league title and being eliminated from the Cup, Al Ahly will now have to focus on the CAF Champions League only.
“Getting knocked out of Egypt’s Cup is harsh as it is an important tournament, but we are still competing the Champions League, we have two games before the end of the season, now we should be fully focused on winning them.
“I believe we had good game despite failing to find the net and I hope everyone else will start looking at the positive side of our performance too,” he added.
The Red Castle, who were drawn in Group A of the CAF Champions League, will kick off their group stage games at home against Esperance de Tunis on Friday.
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