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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 October 2006, 21:00 GMT
Mahjoub cautious after Cairo draw
Ahly coach Manuel Jose
Ahly coach Jose was unhappy with the officiating in the first leg

CS Sfaxien coach Mrad Mahjoub refused to get carried away after his team's 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Champions League final against Ahly of Egypt.

The Tunisian club appear to have the upper hand in the tie, having scored a crucial away goal in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Sunday.

"I am very happy with the result but we still have another final to play in Tunis," Mahjoub told BBC Sport.

Sfaxien will play the second leg of the final in the Rades Stadium on the outskirts of Tunis on Saturday 11 November.

Ahly coach Manuel Jose, seeking a second successive Champions League title, was unhappy after the draw, a result which means his team must score in Tunisia to stay in the tie.

"We could hear them celebrating after the match but there are still 90 minutes to play," the Portuguese boss told BBC Sport.

We will be complaining about the refereeing and sending Caf a videotape of the game

Ahly coach Manuel Jose

Jose also implored the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) to postpone Ahly's forthcoming matches in the domestic championship to help the Cairo side prepare for the second leg.

"This title is not for Ahly alone but the whole of Egypt," he rallied.

"Ahly are in a bad way because if you look at our bench, you will see most of our substitutes are young players.

"We have been suffering (with injuries) since last June and the EFA should help us because we are always under pressure playing so many matches.

"Now we have to play two matches in the league (against Masry and ENPPI) before travelling to Tunis, so how can we prepare properly?"

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Jose was also upset with the officiating, claiming that Gambian referee Modou Sowe failed to clamp down on Tunisian time-wasting.

"There is always poor refereeing but the Confederation of African Football does nothing about it," Jose said.

"We will be complaining about the refereeing and sending Caf a videotape of the game, because Sfaxien were time-wasting yet the referees took no action."

Before the match, Jose had said he wanted his side to take at least a two-goal lead into the second leg in Tunisia.

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