Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane has rued his side’s missed chances following a goalless draw against Wadi Degla SC in the Egyptian Premier League clash on Friday night.
The Red Devils dropped their first points of the 2020/21 season, having won their previous four opening league matches.
Mosimane stated that Al Ahly had several opportunities to lead in the first few minutes of the first half but his troops couldn’t get the job well done.
“We didn’t perform well in the final third, as we failed to score from the chances that we had,” said Mosimane in a post match press conference.
“We faced a team that knows how to build up from their defence. Moreover, I believe that their goalkeeper Mohamed Abdel Monsef is the man of the match.
“Our team currently has 11 players who are either injured or have tested positive for COVID-19. However, I am not looking for excuses but I was forced to change the formation and play with 4-2-3-1.
“Missing those players made me look for alternatives; Al Ahly lost two points yet I learned how the rest of the players will perform when we have injuries.”
The South African football mentor went on to say that it is important to have more than one player in the same position with the same quality during these trying times posed by the COVID-19.
“With every COVID-19 test, I ask myself who will be left out from the team’s squad due to testing positive for COVID-19,” he adds.
The 56-year-old also confirmed that once all the players who are injured and those who tested positive return to the team; then he won’t need to sign any new players.
“Our new player Walter Bwalya will be a great addition to us and he will be a solution to all these absences that we have in the team,” he adds.
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By Mauwane Raophala