Shirts: We did not complete 20 players against the National Guard

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Al-Ahly coach Sami Komsan confirmed that the team suffered from several factors that led to a draw with the National Guard in the 2021/2022 CAF Champions League, noting that the referee overlooked a correct penalty kick.

Al-Ahly tied with its host National Guard 1-1 in the first leg of the 32nd round of the Champions League.

“The performance was not good, but in such matches it was important to achieve a positive result,” Komsan said, in televised statements to Al-Ahly channel after the match.

He added, “We faced difficulty because of the list available to us in the match, especially in light of absences, injuries and new players who are not registered.”

He continued: “The conditions of the match, such as the atmosphere, the abnormal humidity, and the pitch that is not suitable for playing an international match, are not justifications, but they are factors that led to a draw, even if in a small part, and we strive to achieve the most important thing, which is qualification.”

He continued, “We had 3 guards on the list and we did not complete 20 players, especially in the offensive part. The options were limited, which made things difficult.”

He stressed: “The referee of the match overlooked a clear penalty kick for Akram Tawfiq, but the referee was difficult for him to award two penalties in a match.”

Al-Ahly coach concluded, “We came to win, we are the African champions, we won the championship twice, and we hope to achieve a triple for the first time in the club’s history, and the performance will improve with the return of the injured, excluded and unfettered players.”



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