Originally Posted by Balakov10
Manuel Josť deserves some credit too..i think :sweeteye:
Sure as hell he does mate.
Josť is regarded as a hero by Ahly fans. Back in 2001 he won the African Champions League with us and it was the first time in 14 years that Al-Ahly won that prestigious title. Then, under the guidance of Josť, we won the African Super Cup in 2002 and managed to trash our arch rivals Zamalek 6-1
That was some game.
We failed to win any local title that season though so our B.O.D decided not to renew his contract. That decision was regarded by many as being utterly stupid because eventhough we lost the league we played great football and were very close to winning the league. And as I mentioned beforehand, we landed two continental titles under him.
Anyway, after a horrid start to 2003-04 under another Portuguese, Toni
, in which we lost 4 games in the league and basically lost any chance of winning the title, the pressure was immense on our B.O.D to bring back our Portuguese saviour. He was coaching Belenenses at the time and he left them. Our team improved like hell and we even finished in second place (When Josť took charge of the team, we were 8th!) after champions Zamalek, who were coached by Nelo Vingada at the time, btw.
This season has been a memorable one indeed. We won 17 games in a row
And we're assured of winning the title with 7 games left to go ! :eekani:
Now our aim is to win the upcoming edition of the African Champions League and qualify to the World Clubs Cup, which should be held in Tokyo later this year.
Oh and Josť also succeeded in helping us beat Zamalek 4-2 back in November. 6-1 and 4-2, not bad at all.