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Jose: Al Ahly were close to signing Salah, Ghaly plays for himself
In an interview with Al Qahera w Al Nas, former Al Ahly coach Manuel Jose said some interesting and controversial things from blasting Hossam Ghaly & Koka to revealing that Salah was close to join Al Ahly.
Regarding Mohamed Salah, the Portuguese manager revealed that the club was close to snapping up the player from his former club Arab Contractors SC, had they not gotten promoted to the Premier league.
“We asked to sign Salah from the Arab Contractors and another player along him. We got to an agreement but after they got promoted to the Premier league, the club rejected the sale,” Jose said.
“Salah is very talented and important to his small team. He showed his importance to the team and I’ve seen him perform great in the UEFA Champions league and leading his team to victories against Chelsea home and away which is very important to him and his team.
“He is capable of playing for the biggest teams in Europe but he has to concentrate on football. He has the capabilities to play at the highest levels but I recommend that he doesn’t sign for Russian side Zenit as the temperature there will not help him in playing and shinning,” Jose concluded.
When asked about Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ who plays in his native country for Liga ZON Sagres side Rio Ave, Jose said that the player only cares about money.
“He is playing well and he can play in a better team, but he doesn’t think well. I advised him a lot before but he doesn’t respond. He only thinks about money while his team doesn’t have money.
“Lately, Koka has become more intemperate because he feels that he is not playing this season as well as he was before. He has to focus on football and know that it’s his job.”
Another player who plays in Portugal is Ali Ghazal, who was recently joined by fellow Egyptian prodigy Saleh Gomaa at Nacional de Madeira. Manuel Jose had some things to say about the club and the city.
“Madeira is a really small city. Life in Madeira is similar to life in Egypt and he [Ghazal] can adapt quickly to the residents there. His club’s achievements in the Europa League are wonderful.”
Regarding Gomaa, Jose said: “He has a fantastic chance now as there is another Egyptian on the team that will help him and stay by his side. The club can help him show his talent especially with the good results that they’ve achieved recently, which put them at sixth place in the league.”
Probably the most controversial of all was what he had to say about former Tottenham Hotspur and Al Ahly captain, currently plying his trade at Belgian side Lierse SK, Hossam Ghaly.
“I have no problem with him. We’ve talked and met more than once and we dealt with each other normally as outside of the field he’s an amazing person but when he steps on it, he becomes a monster.
“You can’t play for yourself and deal with your teammates in a bad way by screaming in their faces and ignoring your coach’s instructions. Outside of the pitch, you’re great but inside of it I told him that he should leave if he keeps acting in the same way that he does. I confronted him by telling him that it is best for him and the club [Al Ahly] if he leaves,” Jose continued.
“He has an amazing talent and his fitness level is very high. He plays football in a beautiful way and his capabilities make him one of the best players at the club [Al Ahly] in general.”
The best of Hossam Ghaly was back in 2001, which means that the player remained more than 10 years without evolving himself and at Feynoord he had a big chance but he left for technical reasons,” Jose concluded.
It is worth noting that Jose held the helm at Al Ahly on more than one occasion, guiding the team to six Premier league titles and four African Champions league trophies.