Mosimane’s Al Ahly out to narrow Zamalek’s lead


Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly have a chance to close the gap on rivals Zamalek when they take on Ghazl El-Mahalla on Monday as the hectic run of fixtures continues.

Zamalek were held by Pyramids on Sunday, meaning if Ahly win against El-Mahalla, they will just be a point behind the log leaders with two games in hand.

The Red Devils, who romped to last season’s Egyptian Premier League title with a swagger, are much less convincing this term and they need to quickly rediscover their form.

Ahly had not lost a single point at the same stage last season but they have now drawn four and lost once in their opening 16 matches.

Mosimane recently defended his tactics following a disappointing draw against lowly Gouna.

“I take responsibility as the coach … but we never deployed defensive tactics,” he said.

Ahly look to be suffering from fatigue due to fixture congestion, with several key players also sidelined after a string of injuries hit the team.

They will face Mahalla on Monday, followed by Ittihad on Thursday and Cairo rivals Zamalek on 10 May.

Four days later, they meet Mamelodi Sundowns in a mouth-watering clash in the first leg of the African Champions League quarter-final.

Mosimane might once again rotate his squad against Mahalla, who have drawn four times and won once in their previous five league matches. The promoted side lie 11th in the table with 24 points from 18 matches.

Ahly are second on 37 points from 16 games and they will pull two points clear on top if they win their two games in hand.

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