Nantes coach warns Mostafa Mohamed over penalty incident

Ahram Online , Monday 17 Oct 2022

Nantes coach Antoine Kombouare has warned Egyptian striker Mostafa Mohamed against arguing with teammates in future over who takes the penalty kicks.

Mostafa Mohamed
Nantes Egyptian forward Mostafa Mohamed


Nantes beat Brest 4-1 on Sunday, with Mohamed scoring his team’s third goal.

At the beginning of the game, Nantes were awarded a penalty kick that Ludovic  Blas took but missed. A second penalty was given to Nantes from which Moses Simon scored a 35th minute equaliser.

Before the penalty Mohamed seemed to argue with Moses about who was going to take the kick.

“I think he wanted to take the penalty. We will have the occasion to talk about it, it took him out of the game for a while though he had a good start. We felt he was disappointed but we had to keep him in the game,” Kombouare told the post-game press conference.

“This shouldn’t happen again because we can suffer and even lose a game. This kind of attitude is never good especially in our situation. You must show support and confidence to your teammates. What is more important now is that it didn’t have any grave consequences on the rest of the game,” he added.

Kombouare said, however, that Mohammed's attitude reflected his eagerness to win.

The coach restated the order of players taking penalty kicks. In case a penalty is awarded, Ludovic Blas takes the first shot then Moses Simon, and depending on who is on the field either Mostafa Mohamed or Ganago take the third shot.

Nantes have been struggling since the beginning of the season. Their victory over Brest took them out of the relegation zone. Now they are 14th in the table with 10 points after 11 games.

Since joining Nantes earlier this summer, the Pharaohs' marksman has scored 4 goals in 16 games in all competitions.

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