Al Ahly manager Martin Jol apologies to supporters

Al Ahly manager Martin Jol apologies to supporters
Former Al Ahly head coach Martin Jol

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 15, 2016. 11:44

Al Ahly manager Martin Jol has apologised to the Egyptian club’s supporters for their current woes.

The Red Devils suffered a humiliating defeat to arch rivals Zamalek in last week’s Egyptian Cup final, before playing to a 2-2 draw with Zesco United in the CAF Champions League, a result which has since seen them eliminated from the continental competition.

Writing on his official Facebook page before Ahly’s elimination from the Champions League was confirmed by Wydad Casablanca’s win over ASEC Mimosas on Sunday, Jol apologised for recent results.


“First of all, I would like to apologise for losing Egypt’s Cup and our current situation in the CAF Champions league, as our chances are fading to qualify to the semifinals. You have to know that I’m feeling pain as much as you [the fans], as I’m an Al Ahly fan since my first day with the team,” Jol wrote in a statement.

The Dutchman said he understands the supporter’s frustrations and takes “full responsibility”, underlining his disappointment at letting down such vociferous fans and an understanding that it could cost him his job.

“Once again I emphasise that I appreciate the fans’ anger. I’m not looking for justification for what happened and I take full responsibility,” continued Jol.

“Those are the fans that welcomed and supported me once I came to the club during team training or matches. I’ve never seen such fans in any team I managed before.

“I had the honour to work with the most prestigious teams in Europe, in addition to my broad experiences in the field of football. However, I have never seen fans who love their club like Al Ahly fans.

“I’m fully aware that Al Ahly fans only accept victory and I’ll keep looking for Al Ahly’s best interest even if it includes my departure. Thank you all. Al Ahly above all,” the statement concluded.

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