BY AFESEH APONG

Sports writer kick442.com, Cameroon.

 


49_year_old French national, Patrice Carteron, has extended his stay as head coach of Egyptian giants Zamalek SC.

The former French international joined The White Knights in December 2019, but the club has now confirmed that the former Raja Casablanca, and Malian National team coach will stay at the club till 2021, as Zamalek challenges for both local and international trophies.

The 12 time Egyptian Premier league winners are currently ranked fourth in the current campaign, behind Al Ahly, Al Mokawloon, Pyramids , with 31 points, 18 points behind league leaders Al Ahly, but the club’s management is still keeping faith in Carteron, as his side is still very active in continental competitions, with a CAF Champions League semi final game scheduled against his former employers, Raja Casablanca. Both the home and away legs of the tie were initially slated for April 30th in Casablanca and the return game on May 7th in Cairo, but was postponed indefinitely, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Football is likely to resume in Egypt soon, and the Confederation of African football, CAF, is exploring options on how to complete the CAF Champions league and Confederation cup.

Patrice Carteron undoubtedly has a chunk of coaching experience gathered throughout his close to 13 years in the domain. His mastery of football in the African continent, through his time at TP Mazembe, Raja Casablanca, Al-Nassr, and Al Ahly, will be a plus for Zamalek, as they continue their quest for a sixth CAF champions league title.

Carteron won the CAF champions league with TP Mazembe in 2017, and took Al Ahly to the 2018 Finals, where they lost to Esperance of Tunis. He however took revenge in 2019, when he led Raja Casablanca to a win over Esperance of Tunis, in the African Super Cup.

 


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