Al Masry VP rejects Mosimane claims

Pitso Mosimane

Al Masry vice-president Mohamed El-Khouly has rejected Pitso Mosimane's claims after their heated 2-1 defeat to Al Ahly.

Ahly edged past Masry 2-1 thanks to a Mohamed Sherif brace to move three points behind league leaders Zamalek with two games in hand.

This was a collective sigh of relief from the Red Devils who suffered a shock defeat against Smouha last week Wednesday which Mosimane admits was due to fatigue.

The Red Devils have played seven games across all competitions in April thus far and are scheduled for their eighth against El Gouna on Friday.

"This is the difference between a team that played two-and-a-half days ago and a team that played 10 days ago. They were stronger and faster, but we won," Mosimane said after the game.

"We could have scored more and we wasted two easy chances. We relied on the long ball because we are tired. The whole team needs a rest."

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However, El-Khouly suggests his side were simply superior as they missed the chance to move into the top-three of the Egyptian Premier League.

"We played our best matches this season, but the referees see what we didn't, Mohamed Sharif's first goal was from a crystal clear handball," the vice-president told Echo Al-Balad.

"We lost three points that were very close, and we had allocated exceptional rewards for the players in the event of a victory over Al-Ahly to encourage them to win.

"I do not agree with Mosimane's words at the press conference that Al-Masry’s superiority is due to his comfort of a larger number of days [rest] compared to Al-Ahly. What he says is just a justification for the excellent performance of Al Masry."

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