Mosimane not worried by draw with National Bank

Mosimane not worried by draw with National Bank
Al Ahly's head coach Pitso Mosimane

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Jan 18, 2021. 13:00

Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane says he is not concerned by his team’s form after they were held to a 0-0 draw by National Bank of Egypt on Sunday.

The result – Ahly’s second draw of the 2020-21 Egyptian Premier League season thus far – means Zamalek could leapfrog their Cairo rivals into first place and establish a two-point lead if they defeat El Gouna at home on Tuesday.

Despite this, the South African tactician says he is happy with his players – as long as they are creating scoring chances.

“We tried to score an early goal, but we were not lucky with the opportunities we had and it just wasn’t our day,” Mosimane said after the game, as quoted by KingFut.

“The entire game was played in the opponent’s half and Mohamed El-Shenawy [Al Ahly goalkeeper] didn’t need to make any saves.

“We gave everything we could, we created chances and dominated the game but it wasn’t enough to score.

“The crosses we made were not executed properly and lacked the right elevation on them due to the players being pressed by the opposition.

“Overall, we only have ourselves to blame as we wasted many opportunities through Badr Benoun, Walter Bwalya, Aliou Dieng, and Hamdi Fathi.

“I am not worried about the team’s form as long as we create a lot of chances,” he added.

Ahly will return to Premier League action on Thursday 21 January with a clash at home to Al Mokawloon, while their CAF Champions League group stage campaign begins on February 12 against Sudan’s Al Merrikh.

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