Al Ahly: It is too soon to judge Coulibaly
Sayed Abdel-Hafiz, Al Ahly football director, spoke about the club’s new signing Souleymane Coulibaly and his chances of succeeding with the team in addition to holding on to Ali Maaloul.
Coulibaly became a highly controversial player after joining the Club of the Century from Kilmarnock FC earlier this year as the new striker was not tested by the technical staff in official matches.
“I don’t want to judge his experience with Al Ahly now because he only joined us a few months ago,” Abdel-Hafiz told ON Sport TV channel. “He is training well and will surely get his chance.”
The former Al Ahly player and current technical staff member said that Coulibaly might or might not succeed with the Red Castle, he also pointed out that such cases happen worldwide and referred to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s failed spell with Barcelona even though the player is currently performing very well.
“Coulibaly got what it takes to flourish, I wish he becomes one of our primary players, but there is a chance that this might not happen too and it might turn to a failed deal,” he added.
As for Tunisian player Ali Maaloul, Abdel-Hafiz wanted to assure that Al Ahly has no intention to sell the player and that they are happy with him and Maaloul is also delighted to play for Al Ahly. “We will only sell him if we received an offer that is hard to reject, like what happened with Malick Evouna and his $9 million offer,” he explained.
“Same thing applies to Maaloul or any other player, if we receive a big offer we will surely discuss it with the technical staff.”
Maaloul joined Al Ahly from CS Sfaxien on a four-year deal during the 2016 summer transfer window. The 27-year-old had finished the 2015/16 season as the top scorer of the Tunisian Ligue 1 with 16 goals.
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