Al Ahly coach Patrice Carteron not targeting personal glory ahead of Champions League final
Posted: 9 November 2018 Time: 07:00
Al Ahly coach Patrice Carteron has warned his players that the CAF Champions League final tie against North Africans rivals Esperance is far from over.
Carteron, who won the competition with DRC giants TP Mazembe in 2015, has loads of experience as a coach and is not getting ahead of himself after his side’s 3-1 victory in the first leg played in Alexandria last Friday.
Eight-time champions Ahly will take on Esperance away from home tonight at Olympic Stadium in Rades, a chance to further entrench their names in the history of African football.
“We have not won nothing yet. Yes we have a good lead, but nothing is granted. We will play in Tunis as if it’s a single final match. I’m sure my players will do their best to return with the trophy in their hands,” the Frenchman told the CAF website.
Should Carteron win the competition, he will join Mahmoud El Gohary and former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Oscar Fullone as coaches who have won the competition with two different clubs.
Carteron, though, is not concerned about personal glory.
“I’m not thinking of personal glory now, what’s important is to win the trophy for Al Ahly. It was my priority when I came here and one step is yet to be completed.”
The winner of the competition will pocket $2.5 million and a place at next month’s Fifa Club World Cup in United Arab Emirates.