Zamalek coach Inacio says troubled by wasted scoring chances in league, African games more difficult

Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 16 Jun 2017

Zamalek coach Inacio (Photo: Zamalek's official website)

After claiming a narrow 1-0 win over bottom side Aswan on Thursday -- thanks to a late goal from Mahmoud 'Shikabala' Abdel-Razek -- Zamalek's Portuguese coach Augusto Inacio criticised his players for missing many scoring chances, saying he will work to avoid this in the coming games.

"We need to take advantage of chances to score; it's been the team's main problem since my arrival at the club," Inacio told a television programme after the game.

"I am working now to avoid wasting more scoring chances during the games," he added.

"The positive thing about wasting those chances is that we finally managed to win when we snatched a goal in the final gasp," the Zamalek coach said.

Zamalek are third in the League table with 58 points, six points ahead of fourth-placed Masry who will face Petrojet on Saturday.

The White Knights' win over Aswan in the Egyptian Premier League will give Zamalek's players a morale boost ahead of their African Champions League clash against Algerian side USMA, set to be played in Algeria next week.

Zamalek needed a stoppage-time goal to salvage a 1-1 draw at home against USM Alger in the African Champions League Group B early this month and will be desperate to avoid any stumble in the away clash against the Algerians.

"In the first halftime against USM Alger in Cairo we wasted five to six scoring chances, then we received a goal from a lonely chance [that opened up for] the opponents," Inacio said.

"In the away game we will only have two scoring chances and we will have to score on one of them," the coach concluded.

Zamalek still lead their group with five points from a win and two draws, one ahead of USM and of Libya's Ahli Tripoli.

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