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Al Ahly Win Big In Mosimane’s Second Game In Charge3 minutes read



Egyptian international striker Marwan Mohsen struck twice as Al Ahly beat ENPPI 3-0 in an Egyptian Premier League match on Wednesday in Pitso Mosimane’s second game in charge of the The Red Devils.

Mohsen, who has been the subject of fierce criticism this season for his inconsistent form and sub-par displays, opened the scoring as early as the fourth minute with a classy finish.

The striker raced on to a long ball from central defender Ayman Ashraf to spring the offside trap, controlled it on his chest before lobbing it over the advancing ENPPI keeper Mahmoud Gad and into the net.

The second was even better as Mohsen finished off a flowing move that started from the halfway line on 17 minutes.

A pass on the turn from winger Hussein El-Sahahat released left-back Ahmed Fathi, who pulled the ball back to Mohsen to fire into the bottom corner from inside the area and take his tally to seven league goals this term, a meager return for Ahly’s main striker.

Nigerian striker Junior Ajayi ended the game as a contest with 10 minutes remaining, stabbing the ball into an empty net after a low shot from playmaker Magdi Afsha was pushed into his path. Captain and goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy did not play as he is still recovering from an injury sustained in the previous game.

Mosimane had masterminded a 1-0 league victory over Al Mokawloon in his first match in charge of the team on Sunday night. Al Ahly are now undefeated in their last 12 competitive matches and they are also enjoying a five-match winning run.

The South African tactician will be hoping his team can maintain the same level of performance when they face Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in a CAF Champions League semifinal later this month in a highly anticipated two-legged clash.

Al Ahly, who won the league for a fifth straight season with six rounds to spare last month, have two matches remaining in their domestic campaign against Pyramids FC and Talae El-Geish.

Meanwhile, former Al Ahly manager, Rene Weiler has described winning the Egyptian Premier League as no easy task. Weiler left his role as Al Ahly first team manager after refusing to renew with the club after the expiration of his contract.

The Swiss manager’s departure came as a shock for many Egyptian football fans as the decision was made after a very successful year where he led the team to the Egyptian Premier League title and the CAF Champions League semi-finals.

“People who think that winning the Egyptian Premier League is an easy task don’t know anything. The players are very strong and are very good technically, physically, and are quick,” said the 47-year-old in an interview with Belgian news outlet Le Soir.

“We won two trophies thanks to our hard work, which was my main goal from the get-go more than looking for fame.

“The biggest flaw that Egyptian players have is their mentality. Many of them have big egos and put their interests ahead of the club’s and that’s something quite hard to manage because it’s hard changing mentalities,” he concluded.


Algeria Coach Belmadi Extends Contract With Desert Foxes



Belmadi has signed a new deal

Djamel Belmadi has signed a new deal with the Algerian Football Federation as he remains the coach of the Desert Foxes.

Belmadi has signed a new deal to keep him as coach of the Desert Foxes until the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Qatar.

The Algerian football president Kheireddine Zetchi said Belmadi’s contract extension was important following his achievements in a short time.

“When Belmadi arrived as the coach of the Greens, he had made no conditions,” said Zetchi.

“The national team was going through a difficult period and it is to his credit to have placed the recovery of the technical situation before any other consideration.

“With what he managed to do in record time and in the most beautiful way, it is logical that after the continental coronation in Egypt, we have reviewed his contract.”

Algeria currently sit on top of their Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) qualifying table, with six points from two games as they are on course to qualify for the tournament.

Brazil 2014 was the last time Algeria played at the World Cup where they reached the Round of 16, before losing to eventual winners Germany.

The Algerian coach is looking to take the Desert Foxes back to the World stage and also making an impact.

“The objective will be to give everything and believe in the impossible,” Belmadi said.

“When we have done the work, when we have qualified, the objective will be to win it.

“We will now speak seriously, the objective will not be to just participate, the players do not set any limits.”

Belmadi replaced Rabah Madjer as the coach of the Algerian national team, following his failure to lead them to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

In less than a year in charge of the Desert Foxes, Belmadi led Algeria to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

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Salah Scores as Liverpool Laboured to 2-0 Win over Midtjylland



Mohamed Salah got on the score sheet courtesy of a penalty as Liverpool laboured to a 2-0 win over Denmark’s Midtjylland on Tuesday in a Champions League Group D match at Anfield.

Portuguese footballer Diogo Jota opened scoring for the English Champions in the 55th minute.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, however, suffered another defensive blow with Brazilian Fabinho limping off in the first half with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

Liverpool made a slow start and suffered an early scare when Anders Dreyer broke through the middle but shot straight at keeper Alisson.

With Klopp having rested his usual front three and given starts to Jota, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, Liverpool struggled to break down the determined Danes.

The breakthrough came in the 55th minute when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low cross was turned in from close range by Jota.

Salah made sure of the win, in stoppage time, from the penalty spot, converting after he had been brought down inside the box.

Liverpool have the maximum six points from their opening two games while Midtjylland remain without a point

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West Brom Manager Bilic Unhappy With Hegazi’s Al-Ittihad Move



Manager of West Bromwich Albion Slaven Bilic has stated how disappointed he is with the transfer of Ahmed Hegazi to Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad.

Hegazi made the move to Al-Ittihad on a loan deal, but will sign on a permanent deal at the end of the 2020-2021 season.

The Egyptian defender made the move to West Brom from Egyptian Premier League side Al Ahly in 2017, and has made 104 appearances across all competitions.

Hegazi played an important role as West Brom gained promotion to the English Premier League as he made 14 starts for the club.

Bilic has talked about his frustration after West Brom signed off the loan move that took Hegazi away from the Hawthorns.

“He has experience. He is a top professional,” Bilic said.

“I wanted him to stay and he wanted to stay and then something happened and then he is off although I had assurances from the club that he would stay.

“That happened yesterday. Of course, I am not pleased. I am really disappointed because we need players. There is, of course, the economic side but we are a football club.”

Hegazi wrote an emotional farewell to West Brom and the fans.

“To my dear Baggies, I would like to thank you deeply for all the support you have given me over the past three years, through all the ups and downs. You have been amazing to me and my family,” the Egyptian wrote on Instagram.

“And I have always endeavoured to repay this faith by giving absolutely everything on the pitch for this great club, the fans and my teammates.

“I would also like to thank my teammates, coaches, and all the staff at West Bromwich Albion for welcoming me from day one, you have become family and I will miss you all, I wish you the best of luck for the rest of the season and the future.

“Now I’m looking forward to starting a new challenge with Al Ittihad club, which is one of the biggest and most popular in the Arab region, Asia.”

Al-Ittihad will face Al Ahli in a Pro League game this weekend, and Hegazi might be in line to make his league debut.

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