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Patrice Carteron speaks on life in Egypt, his time at Degla, Phoenix Rising

Patrice Carteron speaks on life in Egypt, his time at Degla, Phoenix Rising


Al Ahly manager spoke about life in Egypt with Al Ahly, revealing the reason behind leaving Phoenix Rising for the Red Devils.

The Frenchman took charge of Al Ahly last June following the departure of Hossam El-Badry, and has made a strong start to his Al Ahly career.

Before his arrival, the Reds were last in their group in the CAF Champions League, but he managed to guide them to the quarter-finals, winning the remaining four games.

Carteron also won three games of his opening five league games, dawing the other two, and the reason for that could be the experience he gained during his time at Wadi Degla, who he finished fifth in the league with.

“The reception that I recieved was excellent especially that the supporters were excited for my arrival after my time with Wadi Degla, who was a small club in Egypt and I had an exceptional season with,” Carteron told Actufoot.

Photo: Al Ahly SC

“I was lucky to be very well received by the board members, the fans, and the players. We have a very difficult mission.

“We have to win every game regardless of the circumstances. The goal is not to complain, but to win matches,” he added.

He also revealed that reasons that made him leave USA’s Phoenix Rising for Al Ahly, saying club owner Didier Drogba undrestood why he wanted to join “Africa’s biggest club” Al Ahly.

“I promised Didier Drogba to join him in Phoenix where I stayed for a year.

Photo: Al Ahly SC

“We were in the American second division and Didier fully understood that it was difficult for me to refuse a club like Al Ahly, who are the biggest club in Africa, that’s why I committed myself to two seasons.

Carteron also added that beating Al Ahly with Wadi Degla was one of his career highlights, “Wadi Dega were in a bad shape before my arrival, but we had a strong second part of the season and beat Al Ahly, which was extraordinary.”

Carteron conculded by talking about Egypt’s particpation at the 2018 World Cup, saying despite the Pharaohs having a poor tournament, the people were very proud, but were dissapointed with the results, especially the Saudi Arabia defeat.

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