CAIRO: Spanish coach Juan Carlos Garrido demanded the players of the Egyptian Premier League winning Al-Ahly learn English to facilitate communication because he cannot speak Arabic and they cannot speak Spanish, a player told Youm7 Wednesday.
Ahly appointed Garrido early this month. His precedent, Egyptian former Ahly soccer player Fathy Mabrouk, coached the team for a few months before Garrido arrived in Cairo.
The coach urged the players to learn terms like “right-back,” “left-back” and “defender” so they easily understand their Garrido’s instructions without referring back to the interpreter, the player told Youm7.
Garrido’s interpreter accompanies him in all training sessions, but assistant coach Ahmed Ayoub interprets when Garedo speaks English to save time, according to Youm7.
The Spanish coach previously coached Spanish teams Villarreal and Real Betis.
Alexandria-based club Smouha defeated Ahly 2-1 in Cairo Tuesday to reach the Egypt Cup final with Zamalek, scheduled for Saturday.
Additional reporting by Atef al-Araby.