Ahly's new coach Koller going after every single title

Ahram Online , Sunday 11 Sep 2022

Ahly's new coach Marcel Koller said on Sunday he is going after every single title as he sets the bar high after taking over.

Marcel Koller
Ahly new manager Marcel Koller



The Swiss boss was named as Ahly's new manager on Friday, replacing Portuguese Ricardo Soares whose brief tenure lasted just two months.

Ahly had a season to forget last term, finishing third in the Egyptian Premier League for their worst position in 30 years. They also lost 2-0 to Morocco's Wydad in the African Champions League final.

"Coaching Al Ahly is like a new challenge for me, and I want to win it," Koller said in an interview with the club's official website.

"Working with a team like Al Ahly is a great opportunity for me. I want to win the CAF Champions League title and all the local championships. My goal is to win everything with Al Ahly.

"Winning trophies requires a lot of effort and work, and I am confident that the players will do everything possible to win."

The 61-year-old underlined the importance of unity, saying that "no one will be able to achieve success alone."

"We certainly need the support of everyone in the club. It is very important to have this feeling in the team, and when we have this spirit, we will become stronger and things will get on the right path," he added.

"The team must show high quality, not only in the training but also during the matches. You must give all that you got until the referee blew his final whistle."

Big challenge

The former Austria coach said he is aware that working outside Europe would be a big challenge for him but that he is ready to take it.

Koller, who started his coaching career in 1997 when he took charge of Swiss second tier side FC will, had never worked outside Europe.

He worked with several Swiss clubs such as ST Gallen, Grasshoppers and Basel as well as German sides FC Koln and Bochum.

"As a coach, I have a great experience. I have been working in this field for a while, and I have a great passion for it. I gained a lot of experience through my work with clubs in Switzerland and Germany, and with the Austrian national team. I love this job and have great enthusiasm for it," he said.

"My biggest challenge is working in a foreign country with a culture that differs from Europe. However, I will work on understanding these differences to achieve success."

"Grasshopper Club Zürich is a big club in Switzerland, but not as big as Ahly. However, they had the mentality of winning every game. I had a great experience during the time I was playing with them, as we only aimed to win.  

"Ahly have the same winning culture, as the club always seeks to win all the titles," he concluded.

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