Official: Al Ahly appoint Patrice Carteron as new coach
French manager Patrice Carteron has been appointed as new coach of Al Ahly on a two-year deal, the club announced on Tuesday.
KingFut previously revealed that the Frenchman has put pen-to-paper on a contract with Al Ahly to take over at the Red Castle.
Carteron appointment ended Al Ahly’s search of a new coach that lasted for around a month following Hossam El-Badry’s resignation in May. The 58-year-old coach, who guided Al Ahly to the Egyptian Premier League title, left the Red Castle after the team’s 2-0 loss to KCCA in the CAF Champions League group stage.
Al Ahly announced that Carteron, who is expected to arrive in Egypt on Wednesday, was selected based on certain criteria, including his young age and his familiarity with African football, revealing he will be assisted by an all-Egyptian coaching staff.
The 47-year-old, who guided Mali to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final, is no stranger to Egyptian football having been manager of Wadi Degla for a few months following his CAF Champions League triumph with TP Mazembe. He guided Degla to a fifth placed league finish after taking over mid-season in January 2016, just one point away from the top four.
Following his departure from Wadi Degla the following season, Carteron was given the Al Nassr KSA job, guiding them to a third-placed finish in the league and thus qualifying to the AFC Champions League during his five months in charge.
Carteron then took over at Phoenix Rising, joining close friend and co-owner of the club Didier Drogba.
He has long been linked with a job at Zamalek ever since his departure from Wadi Degla but financial demands were a big obstacle as well as the club’s instability.
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