Antonio Mohamed’s reign as Xolos coach is set to come to an end after next week’s Copa Libertadores quarterfinal second leg in Atletico Mineiro in Brazil.
At least that is what appears certain to be the case following his post-game press conference, although there has been no official word from the club.
“It is sad to leave the team but like I said, I have to be with my kids,” stated the Argentine. “I can’t get into what the team is going to do in the future and or if the team makes it to the semifinals. I need to focus on the next game in Brazil.”
Club Tijuana almost gave Mohamed the perfect send off at home in the Estadio Caliente on Thursday, when it went 2-0 up against Ronaldinho’s Atletico Mineiro inside an hour, but the Brazilian side leveled the scores to make it 2-2, meaning Xolos will have to win next week’s return leg.
“They were two marvelous years,” reminisced ‘el Turco.’ “It was a pleasure for us to grow together gradually, win and become champions. I leave happy. We made it to places where people didn’t expect us to reach. I am grateful with everyone in administration, the team and the fans. Life might give me a chance to come back here.”
Mohamed took over Club Tijuana in September 2011 when the young institution’s first priority was avoiding relegation and just over 12 months later led it to the Apertura 2012 title.