Mohamed Abdel Monsef, the guard of the Tigris Valley, Photo: Mustafa Omeira
Al-Ahly settled for a 0-0 draw against their guest, Wadi Degla, in the fifth round of the Egyptian League, A match that witnessed an unnatural brilliance from Abdel Monsef, especially in the second half.
“It was an important and difficult match on Al-Ahly soil,” Abdel-Monsef said after the match, via Ontime Sports.
He added: “We lost the previous match against Smouha in the last moments with a counterattack, although we were better. It was necessary not to lose points in the next match, but its difficulty was that it was against Al-Ahly.”
He continued: “Al-Ahly won great results in previous matches, scoring three and four quarters, but we took advantage of the numerical shortfall in its ranks.”
He continued: “I hope that God will heal the players infected with Corona and that they return quickly to the stadiums.”
He added, “But we certainly benefited from the lack of many influential options capable of making the difference in the Al-Ahly bench, most of those present were young players.”
And he continued: “Al-Ahly always makes the difference in the last 20 or 15 minutes, even if it was ahead in the score. Therefore, I stressed my players between the two halves to remain intact in defense until the end.”
He explained, “Al-Ahly is distinguished by very high speeds in its offensive line, and it was necessary not to leave them any spaces.”
Abdel Monsef turned to talking about his record-breaking pursuit of the legendary goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary.
“I do not aim to break anyone’s numbers, but rather to stay on the field,” Abdel-Monsef said.
He continued, “I do not want to break the numbers from the bench, I want to be on the field and show well. I will turn 44 next month, and the numbers are achieved alone.”
“I participated in 25 consecutive seasons in the Egyptian League, and this is an honor for me and it will be considered an Egyptian record at the global level.”
He added jokingly: “Al-Hadari counts my matches, and I try to deal with the matter with a joke (Ashan Al-Hadhari does not stop). Last time I had a Corona and thank God I passed it well.
He added, “Essam is a great and great guard. He did not achieve what he achieved out of thin air, but worked hard to reach what he achieved.”
Al-Ahly settled for raising its tally to 10 points in second place from 4 matches, behind leaders El-Gouna, who has 11 points from 5 games.
Wadi Degla raised its score to 5 points in ninth place from 4 games.
To drop Al-Ahly points in the Egyptian League for the first time this season, after winning its previous three matches.