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Mosimane explains why Badr Benoun was benched against Al-Masry


Al Ahly head coach, Pitso Mosimane, commented on their win against Al Masry in the league and the reason behind benching center back Badr Benoun.

Al Ahly earned a heavy 4-2 win against Al Masry in match day 32 of the Egyptian Premier League. The main protagonists for the Red Devils were Salah Mohsen, Taher Mohamed Taher, Hussein El-Shahat and Mahmoud Kahraba, who scored their four goals.

On the other hand, Omar Kamal and Ahmed Refaat scored the Port Said-based side’s only two goals.

Mosimane defended his players’ performance despite having conceded two goals, saying it’s more important to look at the positives.

“Today we scored 4-2 and for me it’s better than winning 2-0. We can win 2-0 and everyone will say we didn’t concede. If we win 2-0, it’s the same as 4-2, same goal difference,” he said in the post-match press conference.

“Again, if we win 2-0, you will say that we did not concede goals, listen, I want to score goals, I want to see goals.

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“Can’t you see that we’re scoring goals, we scored a lot today, when you attack, you open spaces in the back.

“Concentrate on the positives, we saw six goals today and that’s good for football in general.

“We expected an open match against Al-Masry,” he added.

Pitso then explained why he didn’t play the league’s top scorer Mohamed Sherif and defender Badr Benoun.

“We don’t want to risk Sherif so that he doesn’t remained sidelined for a longer period. As for Benoun, he just recovered from Covid-19,” he added.

“During the half-time I told the players that Al Masry already scored two goals and will try to score more, so we need to score other goals, and we succeeded in that,” he concluded.


Al Ahly currently sit four points behind league leaders Zamalek, who are just three points away from lifting their 13th league title.

READ: South Africa head coach encourages Percy Tau to join Al Ahly

The Red Devils will need a win in their upcoming two games and will hope for their rivals to drop some points in order to keep challenging for the title. Their upcoming game will be against El-Gouna next Tuesday, August 24.

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