Wydad coach reflects on FIFA Club World Cup loss

Wydad coach reflects on FIFA Club World Cup loss
Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amoutta

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Dec 11, 2017. 17:30

Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amotta said he is proud of his team despite losing on their FIFA Club World Cup debut on Saturday.

Although the African champions lost 1-0 to Mexico’s Pachuca on Saturday, the coach remains confident they will improve.

Wydad will now play the fifth-place play-off against Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds on Tuesday and Amotta wants to see an improved Wydad.

“Maybe we deserved better than this, but this is football,” Amotta said.

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“If you don’t take the chances you get … maybe it was the pressure on the players, but generally I think they did very well.

“They did what they could do. There were small mistakes and we paid the price for it, especially. Now we wait on the next game.

“We really did our best - we were the last team to arrive, 48 hours before the competition. But we didn’t recover, we were a bit jet-lagged. We could’ve done better.

“In regards to the game, we’ve done our best, we handled the match and we were great in the first 20 minutes. But because we were missing one player it did exhaust us.

“We tried our hardest; I don’t regret anything. The only regret I could have is that the captain of the team could have taken a better decision when already on a yellow card.”



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