Last Update 22:18
Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Ahly coach still has faith in misfiring striker Azaro

Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 13 Oct 2017
File photo: Al-Ahly's Walid Azaro (C) celebrates after scoring the second goal during the CAF Champions League quarterfinal first-leg football match between Egypt's Al-Ahly and Tunisia's Esperance of Tunis at Borg Al-Arab Stadium near Alexandria on September 16, 2017. (AFP)
Views: 1638
Views: 1638

Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry has insisted he still has faith in his new striker Walid Azaro despite the 22-year-old's sluggish performance in the team's 2-0 victory against Ittihad of Alexandria on Thursday.

Azaro, who has scored just twice since joining the Reds this summer, squandered some easy chances, earning criticism from fans and the media.

"Azaro joined the team in a difficult period. We were playing in the Cup and in the knock-out stages in the African Champions League. That was a lot of pressure and I think that's what led him to make some bad calls during the games," El-Badry said during the post-match press conference.

"Losing chances angers the team's fans, and it disappoints him too. I want the fans to be patient because he does a good job, and I am sure the goals will come at a very important point. I told him that too," the Ahly coach concluded.

Azaro joined Ahly this summer from Morocco's Difaâ El-Jadidi for a fee of $1.4 million, but so far hasn't lived up to expectations.

A pacey and energetic striker, he has shown poor finishing skills that have left supporters puzzled about his ability to spearhead the team's frontline.

In the last game Azaro missed the goal, despite having only Ittihad's keeper to beat—just as had happened against Esperance in the Champions League.

The Egyptian Premier League title-holders, Ahly are 13th in the league table on four points after playing two games.

They still have three games in hands due to their participation in the CAF Champions League. 

(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.