Ahly coach Koller wonders at fans' absence following narrow Egypt Cup victory

Mahmoud Elassal , Monday 26 Jun 2023

Ahly coach Marcel Koller expressed his confusion at the absence of fans after his team secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Suez SC in the Egypt Cup on Sunday.

File Photo: Ahly's Swiss coach Marcel Koller. AFP


"Where are the supporters? No one answered me," wondered Koller in the post-game press conference.

Despite dominating possession with over 70%, Ahly struggled to capitalize on their advantage and had to wait until the 87th minute to secure the win over minor league team Suez SC.

Algerian midfielder Ahmed Kendouci intercepted the ball in midfield and set up Hussein El Shahat, who scored from close range.

Koller admitted that it was a tough game, and said he had warned his players about their opponents' powerful defense.

"The game was difficult, as I expected. I told the players that we need to be efficient as the opponents will cause a cemented defense," Koller said.

Although Koller was critical of how his team played in the first half, he praised the impact of substitutes Mohamed Afsha Magdi and Ahmed Kendouci, which helped improve their performance.

Suez SC goalkeeper, Mahmoud Koko, also played a crucial role in keeping his team in the game, making some impressive saves, including stopping a penalty kick from Rami Rabia in the 53rd minute.

"We introduced a poor performance during the first half, but finally, we scored after a brilliant pass from Kendouci to El Shahat," Koller added.

"It's important to win the cup's games, and we are working hard to improve the performance despite the busy schedule." The Swiss tactician said.

Ahly is set to face Dakhleya in the Egypt Cup round of 16.

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