Ricardo Soares was presented this afternoon to the media as the new head coach of Al Ahly and he spoke with enthusiasm about a brave new era at the club.
The Portuguese coach has a vision for the team and he cannot wait to start working with the players, promising the fans to maintain the club's traditions of winning with high-quality football.
"Good afternoon everyone. I am very happy to be here to represent the biggest club in Africa and one of the best clubs in the world."
"I know the responsibilities that come with coaching a team like Al Ahly. I am honoured by the trust of the board in myself and my coaching staff. We will work with big ambitions and discipline to make our fans proud."
"I would like to thank Sami Komsan and the rest of his coaching staff for his time and efforts with the team during the past period."
"We will work together as one big family to achieve success and make the fans happy. We are all here to serve the interests of the club and the huge fan base who always provide full support to the team."
"I spoke with one of the icons of the club to hear advice from him. Mr. Manuel Jose gave me great advice and he encouraged me to come to Al Ahly. I appreciate his advice and the knowledge he gave me will help me in my mission."
"In order to play well, we have to constantly train well. Step by step, we will need to have a good character to make sure that we keep winning."
"Ever since starting negotiating with Al Ahly, I started analyzing the team's matches along with my assistants."
"Al Ahly have a lot of good technical players and I noticed that there are a lot of similarities between the Portuguese players and the Egyptian players. The players are very developed, smart, and can read the game well. There are a lot of good players with a lot of potential."
"We will start a new phase in the club’s history. We will do our best to support the team.I know the responsibilities that come with coaching Al Ahly. Our goal is to win titles and play high-quality football."
At the end of the press conference, Soares received the club's jersey from Hossam Ghaly, our board member, and Sayed Abdelhafiz, the team's director of football.
The new coaching staff will start their journey on Saturday against Petrojet with a chance to book a place in the domestic cup final.