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New Ahly director of football Abdel-Hafiz: No conditions for Ahly return
Sayed Abdel-Hafiz becomes Ahly’s newest director of football this year, succeeding Wael Gomaa and more recently Alaa Abdel-Sadek, who was sacked along with Fathy Mabrouk after Ahly’s elimination from the CAF Confederation cup at the hands of Orlando Pirates in the semi-final stage of the competition.
The hiring comes in conjunction with the arrival of new head coach José Peseiro, whose first press conference was held earlier this weekend.
Abdel-Hafiz spoke to the media earlier, assuring that he hadn’t made any demands in order to return to the Red Devils: ” It is not true to say that I had any conditions regarding my return to Al Ahly,” he claimed.
The new director of football also spoke about the team, his upcoming task and the previous directors of football.
“At Al Ahly you never start from scratch. This is a successful institution that is always winning trophies, with the most recent being the Super Cup. I hope I can be succesful with Ahly in the upcoming period because this is a club that deserves success and most importantly, one I cannot refuse to work at,” Abdel-Hafiz told reporters.
“I want to thank Alaa Abdel-Sadek, Ali Maher and Wael Gomaa for their contributions to the team in the past few months,” he concluded.
Al Ahly have been going through a plethora of changes in the recent months, and will be hoping to take a step closer to stability after a 3-2 win over arch-rivals Zamalek in the Egyptian Super Cup.