Sayed Abdel Hafeez, football manager at Al-Ahly, admitted that his team did not appear at a good level against the Sudanese Al-Merrikh
Al-Ahly qualified for the 8th round in the African Champions League after a two-goal draw with Sudan’s Al-Merrikh for each team in the fifth round of the group stage. (See details)
Abdel Hafeez said after the match to Al-Ahly channel: “We entered the match against Al-Merrikh very badly and played a weak first half, and we were behind by two goals, and it was possible that the result could reach a triple, but we entered the second half relatively better and we were able to achieve a draw.”
“The main objective of the group stage is to qualify, and we succeeded in achieving that,” he added.
He continued, “We will wait for the championship draw to find out our opponent in the Round of 8 because matters are finally settled in the group.”
And he continued, “An important match against Simba awaits us and we want to present a distinguished level, and then we start preparing for the Egypt Cup matches against Al-Nasr and Zamalek in the league.”
“Football gives free lessons every day, and it is the same lessons that never change. You respect your opponent and prepare well for the match, and you will win,” he stressed.
And he continued in his statements, “We are counted on the ability to return after being late by two goals and achieving a draw.”
“In the big tournaments, the result of the match depends on the state of the team, and we were not in our condition against Mars, and it was likely that we would lose,” he said.
“Last year, we qualified from the same stadium in front of Al Hilal and won the title,” he said. “I hope that is a good omen for us.”
And he added, “The last 3 African tournaments won by Al-Ahly have qualified for the group stage with 11 points, and I hope that is a good omen for us.”
“There are turning points in every match. We could have scored early and lost, and we could have scored also if the match lasted 5 minutes more,” he concluded.