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Al Ahly President El-Khatib comments on Champions League loss, promises changes

Mahmoud El-Khatib

Al Ahly President highlighted his board’s plan for the next period after the club lost the CAF Champions League final for the second year in a row.

The Red Devils have lost the final match despite beating Esperance 3-1 in the first leg in Egypt, as the Tunisian side won 4-3 on aggregate.

Mahmoud El-Khatib spoke for the first time after his side lost the title expressing his sorrow and pointing out his reform plans.

“I understand the fans’ anger and sadness after losing the title. Personally, I was very sad after the game,” the chairman told Al Ahly TV channel. “But this sadness and anger calm me as they prove that we always want our team to be the best.”

The President described the night Al Ahly lost to Esperance as one of the saddest days of his life. He also said that he requested all needed technical, administrative and medical reports to be studied and will then take the required next steps. He promised also to restructure the club’s football sector.

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“We will carefully discuss our future plans for the team because many things need to be fixed. We will rebuild our team in January and many big signings will be done,” he added.

El-Khatib also spoke about the club’s weak response to CAF decisions that followed the first-leg game after team striker Walid Azarou was suspended and a huge fine of 20 thousand dollars was imposed on the Red Castle.

This, in addition to Al Ahly coach Patrice Carteron being called up for an investigation to appear before the Disciplinary Board for a hearing regarding allegations of unsporting behavior.

“Al Ahly’s policy throughout history is to ignore being part of such conflicts. We study all reports well and then make a move that can preserve our rights,” he said.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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