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Jose blames external forces for lackluster display

CAIRO: Manuel Jose blamed external forces for Ahly s failure to put in a convincing display against ASEC Mimosas in the Champions League on Saturday. The Egyptian champions were lucky to escape with a goalless draw, having been outplayed by their Ivorian opponents throughout the game. Ahly players peace of mind was disturbed after a …


CAIRO: Manuel Jose blamed external forces for Ahly s failure to put in a convincing display against ASEC Mimosas in the Champions League on Saturday.

The Egyptian champions were lucky to escape with a goalless draw, having been outplayed by their Ivorian opponents throughout the game.

Ahly players peace of mind was disturbed after a tiring journey to Abidjan. It took them 24 hours to arrive in Ivory Coast s largest city.

To rub salt into the wounds, Ahly found out that they will face ASEC on an artificial turf as Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny was being renovated.

Coach Jose is adamant Ahly would have played better if they didn t face those difficulties.

Our exhausting trip to Abidjan made the match difficult for us, the Portuguese boss was quoted as saying by the club s official website.

We could have played much better than we did but it was even harder to play on an artificial turf.

However, although I hoped my team would get a win today, a draw is not bad.

We will be looking forward now to our next Champions League encounter against Dynamos Harare, he added.

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