Aluminij played a friendly match against an African giant: Al Ahly’s coach was impressed by several players from Kidričevo
Aluminium used the national team break for an interesting friendly match. The club from Kidričevo travelled to neighbouring Austria to take on the African giant in Wildon in front of well over 1500 spectators. Al Ahly, who will play in the Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia this December, was expected to be the better opponent, but Aluminij put in a good performance and sold their skin dearly despite a 1:3 defeat.
“I can say that we played a very good game. We took the lead in the third minute, when Sandro Jovanović scored, and later on we threatened the opponent’s goal several times with quick passing. Among other things, we also hit the frame of his goal. Al Ahly only secured the win with two goals in the last 10 minutes of the game, when I also sent on some of our young players. Despite the defeat, I am satisfied with the approach of the players. They gave their all and gave a good workout to a club that – let’s say – beat Krasnodar, the sixth best club in the Russian Premier League last season, 5-1 in mid-summer,“, after returning from Austria to
Planet Football Robert Pevnik, coach of Aluminija, told Planet Austria.
Robert Pevnik: “We’ve trained them well”
Robert Pevnik, who, despite his team’s good performances, is still not doing everything according to plan in the championship at the start of the 2023/24 season, is confident that the experience will be of great benefit to his squad.”No doubt. The match was a real spectacle. There were 1500, maybe even more than 2000, spectators on the sidelines. Al Ahly fans travelled by bus from all over Austria to attend the match. The atmosphere was unique, with people cheering and loudly supporting their club. This was, of course, also a boost for our team. The boys have seen what it is like to play against such a quality opponent, and it is clear that the experience will be of great benefit to them in the future,” says 54-year-old Robert Pevnik.
Both before and after the game, the Alumini coach got into a conversation with Al Ahly coach Marcel Koller, who can boast that he was Austria’s national coach for six years and has also managed Köln, Bochum and Basel.
“I have to admit that it was very pleasant to chat with him. He is an outstanding professional who is a true gentleman. After the game, he praised us for our performance, pointing out that we had tired his team out. In fact, after the game, he even asked me for the names of some of our individuals, namely the ones that caught his eye the most. To draw a line under everything, I am really happy that we played this friendly match. We have learnt a lot and I have no doubt that this will also make us more successful in the season ahead,” concluded Robert Pevnik, who will be tested next in Telemach First League will be on 16 September, when Aluminij will host Rogaška in Kidričevo.
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