Tycoons not floored by Al Ahly defeat

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Stars put in a good performance both at home and away despite beaten 3-2 on aggregate by the Egyptian champions.

The Tycoons’ coach Miguel Gamondi has heaped praise on his players for their brave showing, saying that they performed beyond expectations.

“I am proud of my team. No one gave us a chance that the boys would hold their own. Even the media in Egypt was full of praise for our performance.

“Despite us losing in Cairo, we still have a chance to do well and make our name in the Confederations Cup

“My boys have shown what they are capable of doing in Africa and I am confident that the little experience that they have gained so far will count lot when we face our next opponents from Africa.”

Stars return to domestic football on Thursday against Mamelodi Sundowns. They lost 3-1 to Free State Stars in their last Absa Premiership game before jetting off to North Africa last week.

“We played badly against Free State Stars, but this can be attributed to the fact that players were more focused on doing well against Al Ahly,” says the coach.

“We are aiming to keep our top 8 position, so it is important for us to win our last two games.

“I will not make many changes to the squad; only a bit more attention to our left side.

“Next season I am hoping to introduce at least five youngsters into the first team. All of them are below the age of 20,” Gamondi adds.