Ahly coach Soares promises to ‘fight for the League title’ despite points drop

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 4 Aug 2022

Despite a series of points drop in the Egyptian Premier League, Ahly’s Portuguese coach Ricardo Soares announced that he will continue fighting for the title because the team still have a chance to claim it.

Ricardo Soares
Ahly s coach Ricardo Soares. Photo: AL-Ahly official website

“As long as the Egyptian Premier League title winner wasn’t determined, we will continue fighting and we know well that we play in difficult circumstances,” Soares told a press conference late on Wednesday.

Ahly were held to a 0-0 draw by top-flight debutants Pharco, their second successive goalless stalemate, to fall further behind in the Egyptian Premier League race as arch-rivals Zamalek moved very close to retaining their crown.

“I want to sent a message to the players that we live in hard times, but we are still able to fight and march on in the race for the title,” the Portuguese coach added.

The Reds lie third in the table with 56 points, three behind second-placed Pyramids FC and 10 adrift of Zamalek, who both played a game more. With only six rounds remaining, Zamalek are unlikely to surrender the top spot.

Ahly continued dropping points in the final phase of the Egyptian Premier League games as they were poor in a first-half in which Pharco were better, with the minnows threatening once and creating some half-chances.

“We were very slow in the first half and we didn’t have clear-score chances against a well-organised defensive team,” Soares said.

Ahly were reinvigorated following the second-half introduction of South African forward Percy Tau, who returned from a six-week injury layoff, as they pushed forward in search of a vital winner.

“We respect the rehab programme of Percy Tau. The player told me that he didn’t reach the full recovery, but we risked him in the last minutes of the game,” the Ahly coach added.

“It’s normal for the players’ confidence to be affected by the points drop and injuries so I am here to defend the players,” Soares said.

Ahly will face Ittihad of Alexandria in the 29th matchday of the Egyptian Premier League on Sunday.

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