Al-Ahly club held a press conference this afternoon at Al-Jazira club headquarters to present Marcel Koehler, the new coach of the first football team and his assistant staff.
The Swiss Marcel Kohler expressed his happiness to take over the team coaching duties, noting that he is proud of the group he works with and the management of the club that supports the team, saying, “We are still at the beginning and we received great praise, but so far we have not done anything. The important thing for us is to develop the players to provide the best performance. He serves Al-Ahly, the best thing is to win, which is what we will work on and I am confident of success with the club.”
Koehler added that during the conversation with the administration, he touched the extent of the professionalism of the management system in Al-Ahly, and he was keen to thank Captain Mahmoud Al-Khatib, the club’s president, for his great confidence in him and his choice to take over the technical leadership of the team.
Marcel Koehler confirmed that he feels belonging to the Al-Ahly family since his arrival in Cairo, and hopes to support the fans to reach the goals he seeks, which is to win championships, noting that he is very excited to succeed in his mission.
Marcel Kohler made it clear that he had good impressions of Al-Ahly since his arrival, despite the short time, and he feels great love from everyone in the club and the large fans who always stand behind his team, stressing that this large fan base helps to achieve success.
Marcel Koehler said that he watched some matches for the Al-Ahly team and had a good feeling about the players, but by virtue of his experience, he must come into contact with them on the field, and this is the basis of his work, and certainly some players caught his attention, but he prefers to talk about it after he goes to the stadium and plays the matches.
Fans help you succeed
Marcel Kohler presented his assistant device to him during the press conference, saying, “I thank the technical staff consisting of Harald Gamberelli, general coach, Tiziane Andres Andoia, load coach, Yassin Mikari, performance and video analyst, Sami Komsan, coach, and Michel Yancon, goalkeeper coach.” .
Marcel Koehler spoke about the details of the negotiations with Al-Ahly club management, stressing that there was a phone call through his business manager about Al-Ahly’s desire to contract with him, and a meeting was held via the “Zoom” technology with both Amir Tawfiq and Khaled Murtaji about the team’s conditions.
He continued, “I found great professionalism in dealing, before I spoke with Captain Mahmoud Al-Khatib, the club’s president, who was an important reason for agreeing to train the team in light of the great professionalism I found during the conversation with him.”
Koehler expressed his happiness at training Al-Ahly, stressing that it is the largest club in Africa and has a large fan base all over the world, which helps us succeed.
Team preparation plan
Marcel Koehler said that he obtained a lot of information about the team during the hours before he began his mission in practice, stressing that there are discussions about the external preparation period, after which an integrated plan will be developed to prepare the team appropriately for the new season.
Kohler added, “We trained for one time, and I still need time to evaluate things before determining my position on the team’s needs and some elements that may be outside the accounts, noting that he did not speak to any of the former coaches who previously worked at the club; Because he prefers to go through the experience from the beginning without prior data.
Marcel Kohler promised Al-Ahly fans that he would do his best, with the technical staff, to achieve their ambitions to win championships. He said, “I ask Al-Ahly fans for support during the coming period, and I will work with the technical staff to do our best to achieve the ambitions and desires of the big fans.”
He indicated that the idea of training outside the European continent was excluded, but he decided to take up the challenge with the largest club in the African continent after dealing with the Al-Ahly administration during the negotiation stage.
Koehler added, “I was in Egypt in 1988 with the Swiss national team, but now I have found great professionalism and great development, especially in Al-Ahly Club compared to the past.”
Marcel Koehler emphasized that he always wanted to win, and if this victory is achieved with a good performance on the field, then of course a lot better.
Commenting on his absence from training in the last two years, he said that when a coach works for a long time, he needs to rest some time, and he also had surgery on his knee that forced him to leave training, but he is now in a good health condition.
Match pressure and injuries
Regarding the pressure of the matches, which causes many injuries to the players, Marcel Koller confirmed that he spoke with Sayed Abdel Hafeez, the director of the ball, and got acquainted with him about the conditions of the team during the last period, and accordingly he will work to reconcile training and rest periods; To be the players at their best.
Al-Ahly’s technical director indicated that the fitness coach will do his work with the players to avoid injury, and he will also receive reports from the medical staff and rehabilitation specialists to know the extent of each player’s ability to participate in the matches.
Marcel Koehler confirmed that he knows very well that every player wants to participate in all matches, but as a coach he can make a decision to rest an unprepared player; In order to participate in the best physical condition, as for the player who suffers a muscle injury, he must be rested so that the injury does not worsen.
Marcel Kohler spoke about the opportunities for young players to participate, stressing that the opportunity is available to the players and said: “The mentality of the young player is very important in giving him the opportunity to participate in matches, and he must be aware of the changes that occur all the time, and the player who bears the pressure will have the opportunity to be in the accounts technical staff in the coming period.
He continued, “I came to represent the biggest club in Africa, we want to show our best and we will always work to win; To delight the fans of the largest club in Africa, which is very popular.”