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Ahly coach blames bad luck, rushed decisions for Smouha draw

Fathi Mabrouk rues lost chances as Ahly's 1-1 with Smouha hands Zamalek the league title

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 29 Jul 2015
coach Fathi Mabrouk
Al-Ahly's Moamen coach Fathi Mabrouk reacts during their Egyptian Premier League soccer match against El Zamalek at Borg El Arab "Army Stadium", west of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, July 21, 2015 (reuters)
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Ahly coach Fathi Mabrouk has blamed bad luck and rushed decisions by players for Tuesday's league 1-1 draw against Smouha.

"Ahly players were in a hurry to win the game and that affected them negatively. Also, bad luck and missed chances are all behind the draw," Mabrouk said in the press conference after the match.

Ahly's draw allowed Zamalek to claim their first Egyptian Premier League title in 11 years without kicking a ball on the night.

"We dominated the match in the first half, but we surprisingly had many missed chances while Smouha managed to score from the counter attacks in the second half," explained Mabrouk.

"I would like to congratulate their coach Mohamed Youssef for his team's performance," he concluded.

The White Knights have finally ended the hegemony of bitter rivals Ahly, who have won the coveted title eight times in a row since Zamalek's last triumph in 2004. Two seasons were cancelled due to civil unrest in Egypt.

Zamalek have an unassailable five-point lead over Ahly with one match remaining for the new champions.

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