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Ahmed Hassan: I would choose coaching Al Ahly over Zamalek

Ahmed Hassan


Egypt legendary midfielder spoke about his managerial spell at Petrojet, the possibility of managing Al Ahly and Zamalek and this season’s title race.

Hassan, who started his managerial career with Petrojet at the beginning of the season, parted ways with the Petroleum club in December following a poor run of results.

The former Egypt international discussed the reasons behind departing Petrojet, saying that the team was in a difficult situation at the time he was appointed as a manager.

“Only 15 players were in the squad and the budget set by the club was not sufficient to sign players to build the team. Despite the financial difficulties, I managed to sign Ahmed Gaafar and Mo’tasem Salem, who are very good players,” Hassan said in a televised interview on CBC TV.

“I decided to quit because I did not receive enough support from the board despite of my efforts, but I consider it as a good spell,” he added.

Hassan asserted that any coach would want to manage big teams as Al Ahly and Zamalek. He however revealed that if he had the choice, he’d probably choose Al Ahly.

“Managing Al Ahly or Zamalek would be a great honour but I think I would pick Al Ahly because of the stability of the club. Also, the people surrounding you at Al Ahly would do anything to help you succeed,” the former Al Ahly and Zamalek player explained.

The world’s most-capped player, with 184 international appearances, also talked about this season’s title race between Al Ahly and Zamalek, which the Red Devils lead with nine points clear of their arch-rivals.

“I think Al Ahly have secured the title this season. I don’t rule out Zamalek chances but it’s difficult that Al Ahly would lose the nine-point lead. Zamalek lost easy points in the second half of the season, which made the difference,” Hassan concluded.

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