Garrido: We want to give more glory to Al Ahly
Al Ahly’s Spanish coach Juan Carlos Garrido had a chance to discuss his team’s mission in the CAF Confederation Cup ahead of the Cairo giants’ upcoming match in Zambia against Nkana.
Garrido is well-aware that being in charge of a club with such a large fan-base and demand for trophies as Al Ahly is no easy task.
In a statement on his official website, Garrido spoke of the Red Devils’ upcoming challenge and goal in the CAF Confederation Cup this year: “We want to give more glory to Al Ahly and expand their great record with a new title.”
“The CAF Confederation Cup is very important to us. It is a title which, so far, has not [been] won [by] any Egyptian team. That is our goal; we will fight to win this competition.
Regarding Al Ahly’s squad who travelled to Zambia, Garrido commented: “We can only take 18 players, including three goalkeepers, to play this competition.”
“Each and every one of those who are here is going to be very important.
It is important to note Al Ahly’s new #22, Mohamed Farouk, who joined the club from Arab Contractors this summer, has recovered from a calf injury, while winger Walid Soliman remains a major doubt.
“The mission is not easy. We should all be very focused and each player must give his very best,” Garrido added.
Playing in Zambia will be an even bigger challenge for Al Ahly due to weather and pitch conditions, Garrido explains, however, he believes his players are highly motivated.
“It has been a long and hard journey, but we have time to recover and be able to play the game 100%.”
He continued: “We must also adapt to the weather conditions and the conditions of the pitch. They are problems that can only be overcome with a great desire to win the CAF Confederation Cup.”
Garrido finished his statement off by saying: “They know that a win against Nkana would be a very important step for us. I’m sure the team will go further to achieve what we are looking for.”
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