Brazilian Jorvan Viera, coach of Egypt's Zamalek (Photo: Reuters)
Zamalek's Brazilian manager Jorvan Vieira has said that his team players did not perform well during the 1-1 draw with Ethiopian side Saint George in the first-leg of the CAF Champions League last 16 in Egypt on Saturday.
"The players' mistakes throughout the game caused the home draw," Vieira told the post-match press conference.
In a game played behind closed doors at Cairo's Air Defence Stadium, Saint George took a surprising lead three minutes past the hour mark when Umed Ukuri pounced on a defensive howler to fire home following a bursting run.
Burkinabe striker Abdoulaye Cisse, who was introduced in the second half, leveled the score with eight minutes remaining but the visitors survived a late onslaught to claim a valuable draw.
"The game atmosphere forced us to suffer lack of performance," he added.
After failing to take a first-leg advantage in Cairo, Zamalek are scheduled to travel to Ethiopia to face Saint George in the second leg of the CAF Champions League last 16 on 5 May.
"The Ethiopia trip won't be easy, but we will prepare well for the second leg game. We will do our best to avoid the mistakes we had in the 1-1 draw."
"I don't agree with draw but we will work hard before the second leg," the Zamalek tactician concluded.
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