Al Ahly manager Rene Weiler has refused to comment about his future after leading the Egyptian giants to a record extending 42nd league title over the weekend.
Al Ahly played out a goalless draw with Misr Lel Makkasa on Saturday but rivals Zamalek had suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Aswan on Friday to remain second with 55 points after 28 games played.
Their defeat confirmed Al Ahly as Egyptian Premier League champions for the fifth consecutive year with just six games left this season.
“We have always developed further. And now the team have rewarded themselves with winning the title early,” Weiler said afterwards.
“I still have a contract until next summer. I’ll analyze everything once at the end of the season,” he added.
Just last week, Frenchman Patrice Carteron resigned his post as Zamalek manager and immediately took up a lucrative position with Saudi Professional League side Al Taawon. With Weiler’s refusal to commit his long term future to Al Ahly, the club faces an anxious wait to see if he will follow in Carteron’s footsteps.
The 47-year-old Swiss manager has now added the Egyptian Premier League title to his haul, his second trophy in charge of Al Ahly after claiming the Egypt Super Cup title back in September following a 3-2 victory over Zamalek. It adds to a list of career achievements which also include the Belgian league title and the Belgian Super Cup with Anderlecht.
The win serves a major morale booster for Weiler and Al Ahly as they prepare for next month’s Total CAF Champions League semifinals doubleheader against Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca. The winners will face either Raja Casablanca or Zamalek in the Champions League final in early November.
According to Sayed Abdel-Hafiz, the football director of Al Ahly, the team will require maximum concentration in order to land a record-extending ninth CAF Champions League title.
“All I fear in the CAF Champions League is the lack of success,” he told the club’s television channel.
“All four teams in the Champions League semifinals share the same level of performance, so we have to concentrate in our games.”