Preview: Inconsistent Ahly lack a cutting edge in Egyptian league

Ahram Online , Saturday 30 Apr 2022

So often this season, Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has complained of his side's lack of cutting edge and he will have to find a way to improve that aspect of their game if they are to wrestle the Egyptian Premier League title back from archrivals Zamalek.

Ahly were held to a 0-0 draw by Talae El-Geish in their previous Egyptian Premier League game (Ahram)


Ahly were held to a disappointing goalless draw by Talae El-Geish on Wednesday after wasting some clear-cut chances, with South African forward Percy Tau the main culprit after missing two gilt-edged opportunities.

The Red Devils, who also suffered their first defeat of the season when they lost 1-0 to Masry before the Geish stalemate, will be looking to return to winning ways then they face Ceramica Cleopatra on Saturday.

Mosimane appeared at a loss to explain Ahly's profligacy, saying that all of his strikes have simply misfired against El-Geish, including Tau, last season's league top scorer Mohamed Sherif and Hossam Hassan.

"We are sad that we didn't win tonight but we tried. We missed a lot of chances. We tried to win; however, if we have continued playing for one more hour we wouldn't have scored," the South African coach said.

"I can't judge Hossam Hassan. I’m happy that he got the chance to play tonight. Percy Tau plays good but he's missing the chances.

"That's why I entered Sherif and Salah (Mohsen), and both of them missed today as well."

Ahly will be also looking to beat minnows Ceramica Cleopatra to get a morale boost before facing Algeria's ES Setif in the first-leg of the African Champions League semi-final next week.

Ceramica, who lie 12th in the league table, ended a three-match winless run by securing a surprise 1-0 victory over the big-spending Pyramids FC on Wednesday.

Ahly will miss key central midfielder Amr El-Sulaya after he was taken off with an injury against Geish. There are also doubts over the fitness of talented winger Ahmed Abdel-Kader, who missed the Geish game due to a shoulder complaint.

The Cairo giants are second in the table with 32 points, six behind leaders and defending champions Zamalek, who played three matches more.

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