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Former Al Ahly player ‘not convinced’ by Pitso Mosimane’s tactics

Former Al Ahly player Mohamed Shawky
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Former Al Ahly midfielder is the latest to criticise current head coach for his tactics.

The Red Devils recently slipped in the Egyptian Premier League after dropping two points against Wadi Degla following a goalless draw.

The result wasn’t well-received by many local pundits, including Al Ahly legend Ahmed Belal, who slammed Mosimane’s poor decision-making after the game.

Despite their draw, Al Ahly currently sit second in the Egyptian Premier League table, just a point behind leaders El-Gouna with a game in hand.

However, Mohamed Shawky believes Al Ahly’s performance last week could affect their results under Mosimane in the future.

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“I am not convinced by Pitso Mosimane’s tactics with Al Ahly,” Shawky told MBC Masr.

“No one will talk about the results, but so far, I cannot determine their style of play under Mosimane, it’s just unclear to me.

“If Al Ahly continue to play the way they do, they will face a lot of difficulties and will definitely struggle in the Club World Cup,” he added.

Al Ahly are set to take part in the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup, which has been postponed to February due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former Al Ahly player Mohamed Shawky
Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Shawky is considered to be one of the best-ever midfielders to play at Al Ahly, joining the Reds in July 2003 from Al Masry, before leaving for then-Premier League Middlesbrough four years later.

He then returned back to the Reds in 2010, before leaving once again in 2012, but this time for Iraqi side Naft Al-Janoob, then Kelantan FA of Malaysia, and eventually retiring in 2015 with Arab Contractors.

On the international level, he has 65 caps to his name, scoring five goal, most famously against Brazil in the 2009 Confederations Cup, and lifted both 2006 and 2008 AFCONs with the Pharaohs.

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