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Garrido: We at Al Ahly must strive for silverware

Juan Carlos Garrido
Newly appointed Al Ahly coach has expressed his honour to be the head coach of the Red Castle, while also saying that he strives to win.

Garrido was presented on Tuesday morning, replacing interim coach and newly crowned Egyptian Premier League champion Fathi Mabrouk.

In the official press conference announcing him as Al Ahly coach, Garrido thanked General Supervisor Alaa Abdel-Sadek and Mabrouk before addressing other issues.

“Firstly, I’d like to congratulate every Ahlawy,” he said. “I’d like to specifically congratulate Captain Fathi Mabrouk for this achievement.

“Congratulations on winning the league, and thank you all for attending”.

Garrido then thanked General Supervisor Alaa Abdel-Sadek, as well as emphasising that he is proud and honoured to be head coach of the Red Devils.

“First of all I’m honoured to be here at such a big club like Al Ahly,” he started. “I’d like to thank Alaa [Abdel-Sadek], because he gave me the chance to be here at one of if not the richest club sides in terms of history.

The Spaniard then explained that ‘winning’ is part of why he chose the Red Devils, saying that Al Ahly is a “club used to winning”, in addition to showcasing his admiration for the club’s fanbase.

“The reason I am here is that this is a club that is used to winning,” he said. “Another important reason is the fervid fanbase.

“I’m fully aware that fans aren’t allowed to attend games at this juncture, but I think it’s essential for them to be in the stands because they’re the backbone of the side.

The former Villareal and Real Betis boss assured that the players and staff will do their best to win, while also saying that he wants to start his tenure by winning the Egypt Cup.

“I assure you all that the players and staff will do their utmost to win,” Garrido said. “In two days time we have a Cup game, and our aim is to end up as champions; I ask all the players to show me that they can do it.

Finally, Garrido said that he wants to enforce his philosophy, as well as striving for more silverware.

“Personally, I aim to win,” he said. “I want to do that using my own philosophy.

“In the end, we want to play football which fits such a big club, because we at Al Ahly must strive for silverware”.

Al Ahly fanatic and Italian football aficionado. Working on a degree in Business Administration at the American University in Cairo.

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