Betso Mosimane, coach of the first team at Al-Ahly club, confirmed that he expected the scenario of today’s match against the Sudanese Al-Merrikh, indicating that the Red Genie suffered from mistakes.
Al-Ahly had clinched a draw with great difficulty against Al-Merrikh, Sudan, with two goals for each team, in the match that took place at Al-Jawhara Al-Zarqa Stadium in the fifth round of the group stage of the African Champions League.
Musimani said during his statements at the press conference after the end of the meeting: “Al-Ahly played a strong match against Al-Merrikh in a match that saw 4 goals scored. The match was open to both teams, as I expected.
He added: “The match witnessed many missed opportunities that, if our players had made good use of them, the result of the match would have changed completely, even if the tie was fair for the two teams according to the events of the match.“.
He continued: “The team actually suffered from some mistakes, and some players appeared unsuccessfully, which affected the general shape, and for this reason more than one substitution was made in the second half, and the four goals were affected by the performance of each team.”“.
And the South African coach added: “I knew that the match was not over after the first half, and I trusted the players’ ability to return, and the performance presented by the team in today’s match takes place in football in general.”
And he continued: “Despite the loss to Simba, we beat the Vita Club, tied with Mars, and we achieved our goal and qualified, and no one can expect the champion of the competition based on the performance, and no one who qualified at the top of their group wishes to face Al-Ahly.”“.
Musimani said: “Al-Ahly is a big team and has 9 African championships. It qualified today for the quarter-finals despite the tie, to continue its career in the journey to preserve the African Champions League title.”