Ahly coach Koller promises to avoid mistakes to return to winning ways after Sundowns draw

Mahmoud Elassal , Sunday 26 Feb 2023

After the disappointing home draw with Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in the CAF Champions League on Saturday, Ahly coach Marcel Koller expressed his anger, confirming the team will avoid such mistakes in the coming games.

Ahly coach Koller. Photo: Ahly s official website


Egyptian giants Ahly were held to a 2-2 draw by their bitter rivals Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in the CAF Champions League on Saturday leaving the Red Devils without a win in two games.

“The team will do their best to avoid mistakes to return to the right path as soon as possible,” Koller told the post-game press conference.

“I am depressed after the home draw with Sundowns as the team lost more scoring chances that could have secured the victory,” the Swiss coach added.

The Sundowns’ Peter Shalulile earned the first goal in the 34th minute.

The Red Devils had a golden opportunity to score when they were awarded a penalty after a foul on Tau in the box. But Williams saved Mohamed Hany’s shot in the 52nd minute to protect his team’s lead.

“We know well the opponent follows our team’s tactics so I decided make some changes in the players’ list who shoot the penalty kicks as there are three players including Mohamed Hany did not waste a chance of scoring during trainings,” Koller said.

Ahly stole the lead with goals by Mohamed Abdel-Moneim and Hussein El-Shahat in the 59th and 74th minute.

However, Thapelo Morena scored in the 80th minute, cancelling out Ahly’s lead.

Ahly, the 10-time African Champions are now third in Group B with a single point from two games behind leaders Sundowns, seven points, and Al-Hilal of Sudan, six points, but both have played one game more.

Ahly are scheduled to face Cameroon's Coton Sport at home in the postponed game from the first round of Group B games on Friday 3 March at El-Salam stadium.

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