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Ahly to decide Garrido's future after misery CAF Champions League night

Ahly's board is to hold an urgent meeting to decide the future of Spanish coach Juan Carlos Garrido

Mahmoud Elassal , Sunday 3 May 2015
Spanish coach Juan Carlos Garrido
Spanish coach Juan Carlos Garrido of Egypt's Al Ahly reacts during their CAF Champions League soccer match against Morocco's Moghreb Tetouan at Petro Sport stadium in Cairo, May 2, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
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After losing to Moghreb Tetouan of Morocco and exiting the CAF Champions League in the 16th round, Ahly board members will hold a meeting soon to decide the future of the team's Spanish coach Juan Carlos Garrido.

Ahly, trailing from the first leg, leveled the aggregate score after playmaker Abdallah El-Saied scored three minutes before the break. But they failed to build up on their opening goal as Tetouan held firm to take the match to penalties, where they had the upper hand at Cairo's Petrosport Stadium.

Tetouan prevailed with a 4-2 shootout win, having neatly converted their spot-kicks while Ahly wasted two.

"I can't say that we terminated Garrido's contract, as we will discuss it in the coming management meeting," Ahly Chairman Mahmoud Taher told a radio station after the game.

Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported that Ahly board members intend to terminate the contract of the Spanish coach. He will receive the remaining fees from his contract, which expires next June.

The 46-year-old tactician, who signed a two-year contract with the Cairo giants in July 2014, is currently under fire after the team's elimination from the CAF Champions League and poor results in the Egyptian Premier League.

Although Garrido steered Ahly to the Egyptian Super Cup and African Confederation Cup titles in his first season in charge, he was heavily criticised following some below-par displays in the domestic league.

Ahly's hopes of equalling their own record of winning the league title nine times in a row have been dealt a serious blow as they are third in the table with 46 points, eleven points behind leaders and arch-rivals Zamalek.

The club management is currently working to rebuild the team after the retirement of veteran stars last season. In a step to meet the management's hopes, Garrido promoted several youngsters to the first team and signed two foreign players in January: Nigerian striker Peter Ebimobowei and Brazilian-German midfielder Hendrik Helmke.

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