Al-Ahly of Egypt striker, Oluwafemi Junior Ajayi will have to learn to adapt to new tactics at the club, following the Cairo side’s management’s decision to sack their coach, Patrice Carteron.
Footballlive.ng gathered that the gaffer, who has given Ajayi a fair run of starting spots this year, was sacked after a run of poor results with the highly-ambitious club.
Ajayi, though, many fancy his chances in some form of continuity for now, as Carteron’s former assistant coach, Mohamed Youssef has been put in interim charge of the team.
Youssef becomes the temporary boss, after Al-Ahly also announced the sacking of Carteron’s right-hand French compatriot, Michael Lindeman.
This comes some hours after Al-Ahly were knocked out of the Arab Club Champions Cup following a gritty 1-1 draw with Al-Wasl of United Arab Emirates, against who Ajayi failed to make hay.
The Rio 2016 Olympics bronze medalist joined Al Ahly for $2,500,000 from CS Sfaxien of Tunisia, then went on to score four goals in ten games but his efforts so far this term were not enough to save Carteron’s job.
Two weeks ago, the 48-year-old Frenchman, who was appointed in June, saw his side give away a 3-1 first leg lead to lose the Champions League final to Esperance of Tunisia 4-3 on aggregate.
Ajayi’s club stated: “Al Ahly board of directors have decided to dismiss coach Patrice Carteron and the team’s fitness coach Michael Lindeman.”