Al Ahly coach provides update on Tau

African Football

Al Ahly's director of football Sayed Abdelhafiz has clarified on why Percy Tau was substituted at halftime against Al-Merreikh.

The South Africa international opened the scoring on the night as the reigning African champions secured a 3-1 win on Friday to boost their quarter-final hopes.

Tau only lasted 45 minutes and was replaced at the start of the second half, but Abdelhafiz claims it was an issue with his knee.

“These are the type of games which you need to win no matter what happens. Al Merrikh are a tough opponent and they adapted well to playing at Al Ahly WE Al Salam Stadium, where they played the last four games," he said, as per the club's official website.

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“As for Tau, he was not substituted due to being injured in his quadriceps. He only picked up a knock in his knee.

"Today’s victory is very important but that is not the end. We have to win our next game against Al Hilal to qualify to the next round.”

Abdelhafiz also expressed his unhappiness with the date for their group stage clasha agsinst Al-Hilal.

"I can not adjust the dates of the final round. I do not understand the reason behind facing Al Hilal on either 1 or 2 April while the second leg of the African play-offs is set to be played on 29 March. There is no logic behind such a decision."

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