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Youssef: Low oxygen levels affected our performance against Jimma Aba Jifar

Al Ahly‘s interim manager, Mohamed Youssef, justified the Reds’ loss against Ethiopian side Jimma Aba Jifar due to the high altitude oxygen levels in Addis Ababa.

The Red Devils sealed their spot in the group stages with a 2-1 aggregate victory, thanks to their 2-0 home win against the Ethiopian Champions ten days ago.

In the post-match interview, Youssef stated, “Not only did the low oxygen levels affected our players’ performances significantly, the pitch’s condition was also horrific.”

“We should have used the advantage of playing the first leg home in Cairo and scored more than two goals. When you play home, you should at least score five or six goals. This was a lesson that we will learn from in the future.”

He added, “We wasted three vital chances in the second half today, but I thank God for the qualification and reaching the group stages.”

As for the players’ injuries, Youssef expressed his despair by saying, “We did not have many choices to travel to Ethiopia with. We had to add Maloul and Fathi to the squad because we could not travel with only 14 players. I also did not have many choices in switching players on the field or change positions, and I thank God none of the players suffered from an injury.”

The Red Devils become the second Egyptian team to reach the group-stages after Ismaily, who beat Coton Sport of Cameroon 3-2 on aggregate on Saturday.

A pre-dental student majoring in Applied Kinesiology at Rutgers University, Emergency Medical Technician, Reporter at KingFut.com and a devoted Real Madrid fan.

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