Modeste says Ahly are 'Africa's Real Madrid'

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 14 Sep 2023

Ahly's newly acquired French striker Anthony Modeste expressed his preparedness for the upcoming match against USM Alger in the African Super Cup on Friday.


"I am always ready to face any team because playing for Ahly means one thing: winning every game," Modeste stated in an interview with the Ahly official website on Thursday.

Modeste explained his decision to don Ahly's jersey, citing the team's illustrious history and the European perception of Ahly being Africa's answer to Real Madrid. "In Europe, they refer to Ahly as the African Real Madrid, and for me, it's wonderful," added the French player.

Ahly, who clinched five trophies last season, are set to square off against USM Alger, the champions of the Confederation Cup, in the African Super Cup held in Saudi Arabia.

Addition of the former Cologne, Hoffenheim, and Bordeaux striker addresses a longstanding issue for Ahly, namely the lack of offensive prowess. Modeste's arrival brings hope to the team, which had struggled before the goal over the past year.

"Despite my family's contentment in Germany, I chose Ahly's offer because friends assured me that Egypt is a remarkable country, and I'm here to savour its wonders," said Modeste.

The 35-year-old forward also revealed that Ahly coach Marcel Koller expressed his desire for Modeste to join the team, assuring him of an attacking style of play that would provide ample opportunities to score goals.

While Ahly claimed an impressive five titles last season, including the domestic league, Egypt Cup, and African Champions League, Koller consistently voiced his discontent with the performance of his strikers.

"Looking ahead to the next season, I hope to build upon the previous achievements and make history once again," added Modeste.

Modeste, who possesses a proven goal-scoring record, boasting 16 years of experience at the highest level, has spent the majority of his career in the Bundesliga and French Ligue 1.

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