Friday 20 March 2020
Spain’s Juan Carlos Jarredo, coach of the Moroccan club, confirmed that he had received warnings of coming to Egypt before he took over the Al-Ahly club in 2014, adding that he had spent a great year inside the Red Castle.
“When I received an offer from Al-Ahly to train him, the authorities advised me not to go there because of the social unrest at the time,” Jarrido said, in an interview with the Spanish newspaper “Lasprovincias”.
He added: “I called the embassy and advised me not to travel because of the security conditions, but I called again and the director of culture Marta answered that we would live a very good life.”
He continued: “This is how things went. I came to Egypt with my children and it was a wonderful year. We got to know the Red Sea, the Nile and the essence of Cairo. I was lucky to travel all over Africa.”
And on the place where he felt happier, Jarredo replied: “Casablanca (Casablanca), I felt more integration and good treatment.”
The 50-year-old explained: “It is difficult to find another city where football is very alive, perhaps in Buenos Aires and Istanbul.”
“In the previous club (Raja) and in the current club (Wydad), there are millions of fans behind them, and I feel like I’m at home in the two years I spent in Morocco.”
Jarredo will lead the Wydad team in the face of Al-Ahly in the semi-finals of the African Champions League at the beginning of next May.
It is noteworthy that Jarredo took over Al-Ahly in July 2014 and succeeded in crowning the team with the Confederation titles for the first time in the history of the club and the Egyptian super club, before he was sacked for the poor results in the Premier League and the elimination of the African Champions League.