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El-Hadary: Al Ahly made the right decision by not re-signing Manuel Jose
El-Hadary’s comments came few days after the legendary coach criticised the current Wadi Degla keeper, describing him as “the Egyptian Pinocchio”.
“I am still on my path and I have a dream that I want to achieve. I want to represent my country and work to lift its name high while Jose left his country to open an academy at the end of his career,” El-Hadary said in a phone call with ON Sports satellite channel.
The Portuguese manager is currently in Egypt overseeing his newly-opened football academy for children between the ages of 7 and 14.
“When you open an academy for the children, you should be a role model for them in everything. Al Ahly board were right when they didn’t sign him again. They knew he would create problems like what he did before,” El-Hadary added.
Jose was one of the potential candidates for the head coach position following the sacking of Fathi Mabrouk, before the Al Ahly board rejected the return of the legendary coach for a fourth spell.
“This is Manuel Jose’s way of talking about players he disagrees with. However, it doesn’t matter to me. I have my path, and I have a goal to achieve,” El-Hadary added.
The 43-year-old keeper, who played in Egypt’s 2-1 away win at Congo in the 2018 World Cup qualifications on Sunday, aims to guide Egypt to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1990.
“I live with dignity and honour in my country and everyone knows who Essam El-Hadary is. On the other hand, Manuel Jose left his country to open an academy in a different country,” El-Hadary concluded.