Wydad Casablanca appoint Garrido as new coach ahead of Etoile du Sahel tie

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Juan Carlos Garrido Raja Casablanca
The Spaniard joins the Lions of Africa, having previously been in charge of rivals Raja Casablanca

Wydad Casasblanca have appointed Juan Carlos Garrido as their new head coach.

Garrido takes over from Sebastien Desabre and is back in Morocco, having previously coached Wydad’s city rivals Raja Casablanca where he spent close to two seasons.

The Spaniard inherits a Wydad side that is on top of the Moroccan Botola Pro League table and his first match in charge of the club would be Saturday’s Caf Champions League quarter-final clash against Etoile du Sahel at home.

Interestingly before joining Wydad, Etoile were Garrido’s last club and he spent nearly three months at the Tunisian giants who sacked him earlier this month.

“Following the signing of the contract, [Garrido] completed his tasks today by conducting the training camp currently set for the first team in preparation for the quarter-finals of the Caf Champions League on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca,” Wydad said in a statement.

His predecessor Desabre left the club after a two-month stint in which he helped them qualify for the Caf Champions League quarter-finals as well as leading the Botola league.

“During this transitional period where I agreed to help the club, we were able, despite the difficulties encountered, to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League and continue to stay at the top of the championship,” Desabre wrote on social media.

“I mostly want to thank President Said Naciri and his committee for the confidence, the fans for their unconditional support and especially my players with whom I spent wonderful moments. I am convinced that the best is yet to come for the club. I also wish good luck to Coach Garrido for the upcoming assignments.”

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En ce jour, j’arrive à la fin de ma collaboration sportive avec le Wydad Casablanca. Pendant cette période de transition où j’ai accepté de dépanner mon club de cœur , nous avons pu malgré les difficultés rencontrées nous qualifier pour les ¼ de finales de la champions League et continuer à rester en tête du championnat. Je tiens à remercier particulièrement le Président Saïd Naciri et son comité pour la confiance, les fans pour leurs supports inconditionnels et surtout mes joueurs avec qui j’ai passé de merveilleux moments. Je suis convaincu, que le meilleur reste à venir pour le club. Je souhaite également bonne chance au coach Garrido pour les échéances prochaines. Wydadi un jour , Wydadi pour toujours !

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