Al-Ahly shined against Wydad, winning 3-1 and reaching the African Champions League final on the merits. (See the details)
Abdel Hafeez said: “Today’s match had many lessons in arbitration matters.”
“Victor Gomez gave a very, very wonderful lesson in law enforcement and in intelligence as well,” he explained in his statements on Al-Ahly channel.
He explained, “Gomez saw the referee’s banner (a shot of Marwan Mohsen’s goal), and yet he did not fire his whistle and waited until the end of the attack, and then he returned to the video technology.
“This is a wonderful lesson in how to be mentally present and in full focus and intelligence in the match,” he said.
And about Al-Ahly’s victory over Wydad and reaching the final, Abdel Hafeez stressed, “We have taken a big step towards the championship, but we haven’t achieved the title yet. Everyone should think about that.”
He concluded, “We entered the Wydad meeting well, and praise be to God, we succeeded in achieving what we want and reaching the final.”
Al-Ahly qualified for the final after winning, back and forth, with five goals for one goal in the aggregate of the two matches.
Al-Ahly is expected to meet the winner from Zamalek or Raja on the sixth of November at Cairo Stadium.
That final qualification became the first for Al-Ahly after two years of absence, and the third in the last four years.
In general, this qualification became the number 13 in the history of the Red Genie for the final as a record, as it was crowned eight times and lost the title on four occasions.