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Ali Maher appointed Masry’s new coach, replacing Tarek El-Ashri

Mahmoud Sheleib , Tuesday 1 Sep 2020
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Masry appointed Ali Maher as the team’s new coach on Monday after a mutual decision to terminate Tarek El-Ashri’s contract.

The coastal club has been suffering from poor results recently; their last win on 10 February against Wadi Degla came just before the Egyptian Premier League was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Their most recent game ended in a 2-0 loss to leaders Ahly.

Former Ahly star Maher started his managerial career in 2017 with Alassiouty FC and secured impressive results, most notably eliminating Ahly from the Egypt Cup in his first season. He went on to coach Smouha and Enppi.

“I’m happy to be assigned as Masry’s new coach. The mission will be tough of course; I had many offers before the league suspension, but it was necessary to me to find the factors that help to succeed,” Maher told On Time Sports.

“My goal is to achieve results worthy of the name of Masry, putting the club in a distinguished position, and I ask the fans not to insult the players or the management, to show more support in order to achieve positive results, and we will do our best,” he added.

Maher also said that his mission with Masry would be different to any coaching position he had taken before, as it will be his first time to manage a team that has such a large number of fans. He stressed that he likes to take risks and work under pressure.

“I took charge of Enppi in similar situation as Masry now, when they were in the bottom of the table, but we ended the season in ninth place, and ended the season with Smouha in the third place; and my start with Alassiouty was good as well,” Maher explained.

The 46-year-old coach will start his journey with the coastal club on Tuesday, leading the training session ahead of the team’s game against fourth-placed Arab Contractors on Thursday.

Masry are now in the relegation zone, in 16th place with 21 points.

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