Ahly in tough situation in African Champions League: Carteron

Ahram Online , Sunday 1 Jul 2018

Newly-appointed Ahly coach promises the team will 'fight'

Ahly newly-appointed French coach Patrice Carteron during a press conference in the team's headquarter (Photo from the club's official website)

Ahly are facing a tough challenge at the ongoing African Champions League tournament, warned newly-appointed French coach Patrice Carteron, but promising the team will 'fight'.

"Ahly are in a very tough situation at the group stage of the African Champions League. We accepted the challenge and we have to deal with it. We must fight if we want to go on," the 47-year-old, who succeeds Hossam El-Badry, stated during a press conference held Sunday to unveil his signing to the team.

Earlier, the record holders of eight African Champions League trophies Ahly were held to a goalless draw at home by Tunisian giants Esperance de Tunis, before losing to Kampala 2-0 and falling to the bottom of Group A with only one point from their opening two matches.

"We cannot accept our place in the group stage table. We must revive our efforts. I am a football lover and I always work until the last second," he added.

"My target at Ahly is to win. Results must be the aim of any coach leading Ahly. I am very happy to be here. I respect all the players and I am very motivated by the fans' pressure," the Frenchman said, showing gratitude to the club.

The former Phoenix Rising, Al-Nassr, Wadi Degla and Mali coach put his pen to a two-year contract with the Cairo-based club recently, amid their attempts to end the recent poor run.

El-Badry, currently Pyramids club manager, stepped down from coaching Ahly on 15 May despite winning a third consecutive Egyptian Premier League title, the club's 40th overall, with six matches to spare.


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