Al Ahly head coach Martin Lasarte has apologized to the team’s fans after they were massacred 5-0 in the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarter final on Saturday.
The embarrassing defeat also surpassed Ahly’s 4-0 loss to Nigeria’s Enugu Rangers in the CAF Cup, the old version of the Confederation Cup, in 2003 as their biggest ever defeat.
In a post-match interview, a remorseful Lasarte who struggled to hold himself said, “We didn’t play a good game. There is nothing much to say we need to work a lot.”
“I am sorry, we feel very embarrassed. We will not talk in the upcoming period and we will just focus on the work ahead,” Lasarte added.
“We watched a lot of games of our opponents but things didn’t go our way during the game. This is football. Saad Samir’s injury has affected us especially that he has a very big experience.”
Super Eagles striker Junior Oluwafemi Ajayi was in action for Ahly in the poor outing.
Ajayi who narrowly missed out on the Super Eagles squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has continued to develop in Egypt after recovering from an injury.
The Nigeria international joined Al Ahly from Tunisian league giants CS Sfaxien in 2016.
Since he joined Ajayi has scored a total of 26 goals in 85 games for Al Ahly and has become one of the leading marksmen on the continent.