Last Update 0:25
Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Ahly sack coach Lasarte after Egypt Cup elimination

Hatem Maher , Sunday 18 Aug 2019
Martin Lasarte
Martin Lasarte (Photo: Ahly's official website)
Views: 2436
Views: 2436

League champions Ahly dismissed coach Martin Lasarte on Sunday after the team exited the Egypt Cup at the hands of Pyramids FC a day earlier, the Cairo giants said.

Ahly said in a statement on their official website that the decision was taken after the club conducted an end-of-the-season review, which apparently found that Lasarte had not met the minimal threshold of success.

"The planning committee has tasked [Lasarte's assistant] Mohamed Youssef with leading the first team until a new foreign coach is appointed," the statement read.

Although the Uruguayan boss helped Ahly bridge an eight-point gap with perennial rivals Zamalek to wrap up the league title for the fourth straight season last month, he still paid the price of some uninspiring displays that did not go down well with the team's demanding supporters.

Pyramids struck in the second half to knock Ahly out of the Egypt Cup round of 16 with a 1-0 victory, marking their fourth straight win over their illustrious opponents.

Lasarte's tenure lasted for just eight months and, ironically, his debut also ended in a 2-1 loss to Pyramids last January.

He survived what looked like an imminent sacking when Ahly suffered a humiliating 5-0 loss to South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns in the African Champions League quarters in April and looked to have revived his chances of staying on when the Red Devils won the league.

Asked by a reporter over Ahly's inability to win any of their high-profile matches this season, apart from a 1-0 victory over Zamalek on the final day of the season, Lasarte reacted furiously.

"What was the end result, can you say who eventually won the league?" he yelled.

When the "Ahly" answer rang out in the conference hall, he replied: "Ciao", before storming out of the room.

Despite Lasarte's emotional response, a return of only one title out of possible three is meager by Ahly's standards and his departure was inevitable.

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.