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Assiouty’s Ali Maher: There’s no impossible, we can win Egypt Cup


Assiouty Sport coach has revealed the strategy that helped him beat in the quarter-final of the Egypt Cup on Monday to seal a place in the final four.

The Beni-Suef based club have shocked the title holders with a 1-0 victory in the quarter final of the country’s oldest competition. This marked the Egyptian champions’ second defeat in less than a week after their loss to Zamalek in the Cairo Derby on Thursday.

Maher has claimed that he instructed his players to exploit Al Ahly’s slow defense, revealing his confidence in his team’s abilities to win the cup after beating the Red Castle.

“Before introducing Omar Kamal as a second half substitute, I have told him that Al Ahly’s defense is slow, and that he has to exploit that to score the winner, and that is what happened,” Maher told DMC Sport satellite channel.

The former Al Ahly striker guided Assiouty to a ninth-place finish in their first season at Egypt’s top-tier competition.

“We have worked really hard during the season, and this win came as a beautiful reward for the efforts we all exerted.

“Finishing ninth in the league and getting a spot in the cup’s semi final is a huge achievement for a newly-promoted team that a lot of people will remember, even if they don’t know the names of the squad.

“There’s no impossible in football, that’s why we have won today. Look at Mohamed Salah and what he has achieved, he’s an inspiration for all of us,” the former Al Ahly player concluded, as he insisted they they can win the Cup title.

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