Wadi Degla boss Nikodimos Papavasiliou pleased by players’ performance in defeat to Al Ahly

Nikodimos Papavasiliou, Wadi Degla boss has expressed his delight with his side’s ‘brave’ performance against Egyptian champions Al Ahly despite their 2-0 last Friday.

Degla had enjoyed smooth run of form in the North African’s top flight league where they were unbeaten in their last six games.

And despite a solid performance against the Cairo giants, they couldn’t escape defeat from Weiler’s side.

Thanks to Marwan Moshen and Hamdi Fathi strikes in stoppage time of each half that handed Ahly a 2-0 victory.

Papavasiliou talked about his team’s performance and how their disallowed equalizer changed the course of the game.

“We were very confident and brave entering the game and we were in control throughout the majority of the encounter without fear,” he said during the post-match press conference.

“I’m proud of my players mainly due to their mentality. We also remained loyal to our style of play even though we were down.

“I rewatched the goal we scored inside the dressing room, it would’ve changed the course of the game,” he added.

The former Panionios manahger insisted that they deserved at least a draw as they were the better side throughout the 90 minutes.

“I think we deserved at least one point, we were organized and created many chances. I’m pleased with my players’ performances,”

“Our performance didn’t decline in the second-half and I want to thank the players for what they’ve produced,” he concluded.

Wadi Degla now sit 13th on The Egyptian Premier League table with 26 points, five away from the relegation zone.

Ahly who look destined the lift up this season’s title lead the table with 65 points, 17 points more above second placed Zamalak.



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