Ahly’s coach fears heart attack, rues missed chances

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 7 May 2011

Ahly’s Portuguese coach fears for his health if he continues to see his players miss so many chances at goal


A few hours before his team’s anticipated game against Zambian club ZESCO United in the return leg of CAF Champions League round of 16, Ahly’s coach Manuel Jose Da Silva is worried about seeing his players waste more easy chances against the goal.

“I am very worried about the recent missed chances. I fear a heart attack if the players continue to do so,” Jose was quoted as saying by Qatari newspaper Al-Arab on Saturday.

Despite winning their last game in the Egyptian League against Gouna (1-0), the Red Devils’ players lost a lot of chances, which bothers the experienced coach.

“My players had eight lost chances against Gouna. Keeping on missing these easy chances may affect our domestic and African results negatively,” the Portuguese coach explained.

“It is not true that we punished the players for these mistakes, as I am eager to teach them to have confidence in all the coming games,” he added.

Ahly will miss their key player, Mohamed Abou-Treika, in Sunday’s clash due to a calf injury, but the 65-year old coach has other choices ready to cover his absence.

“Abou-Treika is a magnificent and important player. After the recent injuries that deprived us of several players, I became accustomed to depend on the available players in my squad,” he concluded.

The Cairo giants are in a must-win situation at home to book their place in the Champions League group stage after a goalless draw in the first leg in Zambia.

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