Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane has refused to make excuses after they dropped points in the Egyptian Premier League title race against National Bank of Egypt SC.
After the furore of winning the record tenth CAF Champions League title by dispatching Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 in the final on Saturday, Ahly returned to league action against the relegation-threatened side on Thursday evening.
Magdy Afsha put the reigning champions ahead shortly after the break and it looked as if the Red Devils would close the gap on league leaders Zamalek despite having six players missing due to the Olympic games.
But an 86th-minute equaliser from Karim Bambo spoiled the celebrations as they dropped two valuable points against the 15th placed side.
"We will fight for the League title," Mosimane said confidently after the game. "We have mistakes and we have to correct them. We did not play well and I am disappointed with my team and myself.
"We had several chances in the first half, but we failed to convert them. Football always punishes you when you do not take the chances.
"If I want to find an easy way out, I will say absences, but I am not the type of coach who looks for excuses. We knew from the beginning that we will miss players.
"We have to support the country. It is not a FIFA tournament and you can say no, just as the European clubs that said no."
The Club of the Century trail their Cairo rivals by nine points but have three games in hand as the Egyptian Premier League title race looks poised to go down to the wire.