Martin Jol leaves Al Ahly
Dutchman Martin Jol has left his post at the helm of Egyptian giants, Al Ahly, in the wake of the Red Devils failure to go beyond the group stage of the ongoing Orange CAF Champions League.
The coach was under pressure after a 2-2 draw with Zambia’s Zesco United in Suez ended Ahly’s dreams of a record extending ninth title in the premier continental club championship. Veteran Emad Meteab save the Egyptian champions from the jaws of defeat with a late equalizer.
“The Board of Directors of Ahly has agreed with Martin Jol to end the formal contract by mutual consent with the utmost cordiality and mutual respect. It has been decided his assistant Ossama Orabi will lead the team in the next match against ASEC Mimosas in Abidjan,” said a statement on the club’s website.
Ahly travel to Abidjan next Wednesday (24 August 2016) to face ASEC in the ultimate Group A fixture that will serve academic purposes as the two teams have no chance of qualification.
Jol was named Ahly coach six months ago and guided the Red Devils to reclaim the Egyptian league title from bitterest rivals Zamalek. However, he failed in his bid for a domestic double losing 3-1 to Zamalek in the Egyptian Cup final before the 2-2 draw with Zesco sounded the death knell.