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Jol praises fans, discusses challenges after league win

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Photo: Al Ahly official website

Al Ahly manager Martin Jol expressed his gratitude to the club’s fans as he spoke about the challenges that faced the team in the past few weeks.

Jol clinched his first title with the Cairo giants four months after his appointment at the club, following the team’s 2-1 victory over Ismaily on Friday to secure the league title.

“We had to play without Abdallah El-Said, Evouna and Ghaly, which affected out performance, but the players still managed to win the title,” Jol said after the Ismaily match.

El-Said and Evouna missed the Ismaily game due to injury while Al Ahly captain Hossam Ghaly was out of the squad due to suspension after accumulation of yellow cards.

“We knew it’d be a tough game as Ismaily are a good team. They have a good coach who plays modern football.

“Scoring two early goals had eased our mission and allowed us to have more scoring chances,” he added.

Jol spoke about the team’s two consecutive losses against Al Masry and Zesco United, explaining that they put the team under very high pressure.

The Dutch manager also expressed his gratitude for the fans who supported the team during Monday’s training session, saying they played an important role in winning the title.

He expressed his hope for the return of fans to the stands as games are currently played behind closed doors.

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