Pitso Mosimane’s number one goalkeeper at Al Ahly, Mohamed El-Shennawi, has had his four-match ban reduced to just one after the club’s successful appeal.
The Egypt Football Association (EFA) had slapped the eccentric goalkeeper with a ban for “unsportsmanlike behavior” for pulling the arm of the referee following his side’s goalless draw with topflight newboys National Bank of Egypt (NBE) on Sunday.
The ban would have seen him miss today’s 3-2 win against Arab Contractors, next Tuesday’s crucial clash against Pyramids FC, and next month’s games against Smouha and Talae El Gaish.
But Mosimane will be relieved that the Egypt international will be available for the Pyramids game.
Ahly appealed the suspension insisting the incident did not merit such a stern punishment, saying the referee had not even red-carded the national team goalkeeper.
While EFA agreed to bring the suspension down to one game, it doubled his fine from EGP 20,000 to EGP 50,000 (about R47 000).
Mosimane’s charges will be keen on boosting their morale ahead of their Club World Cup campaign next month with a win against Pyramids next week.
The record nine-time African champions will fly to Qatar to take part in the FIFA Club World Cup for the sixth time following their domestic league match against Pyramids FC on 26 January.
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By Mthokozisi Dube