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Krol happy at Tunisia’s Esperance, denies Ahly 'rumour'

The former Egypt and Zamalek coach denies Ahly link, says he is happy with Tunisian champions Esperance

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 10 May 2014
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Dutch star Ruud Krol (Photo: Reuters)
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Tunisia’s Esperance coach Ruud Krol has denied reports that he is about to take charge of Egyptian side Ahly starting from the new season.

Eight-time African champions Ahly were knocked out at the African Champions League last-16 stage after a stunning 4-2 aggregate defeat to Benghazi in March.

The defeat compounded the misery of Ahly who have also been suffering in domestic football, which is one of the primary reasons for the recent resignation of coach Mohamed Youssef and the appointment of caretaker coach Fathi Mabrouk until the season ends.

According to Tunisian newspaper Attounissia, Dutch boss Krol denied any links with Ahly officials, insisting that the news is pure rumour.

“All my concentration now is to guide Esperance to win the Champions League title after our recent achievement of winning the domestic league,” the 65-year old tactician was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

“I feel comfortable here at Esperance and so I don’t think of departure at all,” the former Netherlands star added.

Krol previously worked in Egypt as the Olympic team coach for one year starting 1994 and then took the charge of the senior team for another year from 1995.

The former Tunisia coach also took the charge of Cairo giants Zamalek in two separate stints: the first from 1997-99 and the second from 2007-08. The Whites won the Egypt Cup in 2008 under his guidance.

Ahly are close to booking a place in the final mini-league phase as they currently lie second in Group A with 33 points, one behind leaders Smouha.

The domestic competition — 22 teams divided into two groups — just ended the 20th matchday, with a week left to determine which four teams would qualify for the mini-league.

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