Al Ahly & ES Tunis coaches react to CAF Champions League final

Al Ahly & ES Tunis coaches react to CAF Champions League final
Marcel Koller, coach of Al Ahly celebrates victory during 2023/24CAF Champions League Final and Miguel Cardoso, head coach of Esperance Tunis © BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Monday May 27, 2024. 10:41

In reaction to the recently passed CAF Champions League final between Al Ahly and Espérance de Tunis, Marcel Koller spoke of the Red Devil’s supporters’ ravenous appetite for success while Miguel Cardoso expressed his sadness at losing out on the title.

Kohler guided the Egyptian giants to back-to-back CAF Champions League titles this past weekend, following a 1-0 aggregate win against ES Tunis at the Cairo International Stadium on Saturday night.

After bagging their 12th CAF Champions League title, Koller urged the Al Ahly supporters to ‘enjoy the moment’ amid their relentless desire to see their club win silverware.

“I know the fans will demand the 13th title for me as soon as I arrive at the residence hotel,” Koller said.

“I’ve learned at Al Ahly that after we finish one tournament, the fans ask us about the next one, and this is not a good thing, as they don’t know how to celebrate and enjoy these moments.

“Looking for titles is a good thing, but it’s important to know how to be happy. I am like Al Ahly’s fans, hungry for titles, and my ambition is to help the team achieve more success.”

After suffering at the hands of Al Ahly, ES Tunis coach Miguel Cardoso mentioned that luck was not on his side this past weekend and that the club should look to build toward the future.

“I am certainly not happy about losing the title but I am proud of what my team presented and of reaching the final,” Cardoso said.

“We fought until the end and showed character even though conceding an early goal against a big team like Al Ahly is not easy.

“We have a young team and we succeeded in qualifying for the Club World Cup and we must support this team during the coming period.

“I have been with Esperance for only 4 months, and we succeeded in building many things that were missing. During the last period, we said everything we had, but we were not lucky.”

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