Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has praised his charges for perfectly executing his game plan as they claimed the Cairo derby bragging rights with a 2-1 victory over Zamalek in the Egyptian Premier League on Sunday.
A first half Mohamed Sherif brace on either side of a superb curling strike from Zamalek’s skipper Mahmoud Shikabala gave Ahly a hard fought derby win.
The Red Devils moved up to second from fourth in the league table with 30 points, three points behind leaders Zamalek, who have played three matches more.
“We controlled the game during the first 20 minutes,” Mosimane said in a post-match interview. “We did what we wanted to do and scored.”
The former Mamelodi Sundowns coach was visibly upset at conceding Shikabala’s goal, which was a carbon copy of his strike in Zamalek’s 2-1 loss to Ahly in the Caf Champions League final last season.
“We practiced on stopping Shikabala from scoring that way, but we failed. My only consolation is that Mohamed Sherif responded quickly with the winner,” he added.
Mosimane criticised Ahly’s busy calendar this month, saying his side are feeling the ill-effects of the fixture congestion.
“My team play a big number of games without rest. This is the reason of the numerous injuries we have. It is so difficult,” he commented.
By Mthokozisi Dube