Zamalek coach laments ‘ridiculous’ mistakes

Zamalek coach laments ‘ridiculous’ mistakes
Christian Gross

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Feb 04, 2019. 12:00

Zamalek coach Christian Gross has lamented his side’s “ridiculous” mistakes in a shock 4-2 loss away to Gor Mahia on Sunday.

The Egyptian giants got their group phase campaign in the CAF Confederation Cup off to a terrible start, succumbing to their impressive Kenyan hosts in Nairobi.

Yet the White Knights were their own worst enemy, giving away the advantage they secured with an early goal from Ibrahim Hassan.

Jacques Tuyisenge scored two goals to put Mahia 2-1 up, before Hassan struck again on the stroke of half time to see the game delicately poised at 2-2 at the interval.

However, in the second-half, Nicholas Kipkirui and Kenyan legend Dennis Oliech scored to secure a historic win for the Kenyan club.

“We didn’t start the game well despite scoring an early goal. We lacked offensive and defensive discipline,” Gross said in the wake of the game.

“We have conceded four goals, the players made many ridiculous defensive mistakes during the game, which ended in costing us the game.

“We win and lose as a team, I am not going to blame a specific player.

“The Nogoom game is very important for us and we will immediately prepare for this game,” he added.

Zamalek will hope to take out their frustrations on Nogoom when the teams met in an Egyptian Premier League match on February 9. The Cairo side will then return to Confederation Cup action the following Wednesday with a match at home to NA Hussein Dey.

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