Ahly players were 'not in top form' in 1-1 draw against El-Entag, say assistant coaches

Ahram Online , Monday 1 May 2017

Coach Hossam El-Badry refuses to apologise to referee for giving him 'the look'

Ahly v El entag el harby (Ahram Sports)

Ahly's assistant coaches have expressed their dissatisfaction with the team's performance in Sunday's Egyptian Premier League 1-1 draw against El-Entag El-Harby at El-Salam Stadium in Cairo.

"A draw against El-Entag is normal. This is football; we might get a loss or a draw in any game of the season, but the Ahly players weren't on top form," Ahly Football Director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz told his club's official website after the game.

Assistant coach Sayed Mowad echoed Abdel-Hafiz, blaming some players for making mistakes.

"We'll quickly fix our mistakes and get back on the right track for winning the league title," says Mowad.

The title-holders, who are close to winning their ninth league title in 10 seasons, appeared slow and lacking in confidence against El-Entag.

In their bid for a 39th league title, Ahly lead the table with 68 points, eight clear of second-placed Maqassa with eight matches remaining.

Hossam El badry

Abdel-Hafiz also commented on the sending off of coach Hossam El-Badry for looking the referee up and down. Abdel-Hafez demanded more flexibility and clear standards from referees.

"I refuse to apologise to the referee. Next time I will look at him more tenderly," said El-Badry on an Egyptian TV program, commenting sarcastically on the incident.

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