Patrice Carteron ‘very happy’ after winning start to Al Ahly career
Al Ahly newly appointed manager Patrice Carteron has revealed his delight following the Reds’ 3-0 victory over Township Rollers on Tuesday.
Goals from Walid Azaro, Ali Maaloul, and Islam Moharb gave Al Ahly a crucial win over Botswana’s Township Rollers in their first game under Patrice Carteron.
The win put Al Ahly in second place with four points, three behind leaders Espérance, who were victorious against Kampala City FC on Tuesday at home.
“The encounter was very difficult because of the current conditions that the team is going through after the return of the players from the World Cup,” Carteron said in his post-match press conference.
“The team wasn’t fully fit. We won with the least amount of effort and I am very happy because we showed our strength in the game.”
The Frenchman then went to speak about new signing Salif Coulibaly who had a solid debut, helping Al Ahly keep a clean sheet on Tuesday.
“I know Coulibaly well and worked with him a lot before. He has already played in the last 10 games so he is physically and technically ready,” he said.
And on why didn’t Salah Mohsen make the final squad, Carteron said: “When I arrived at Al Ahly, I found more than one player in each position ready to participate and everyone will get a chance to play soon.
“I also knew very well that Ayman Ashraf can play at both center-back and full-back positions, which will allow us to use him in both positions,” he concluded.
Al Ahly will travel to face Township at the Botswana National Stadium on July 27 for the return leg.
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