JOHANNESBURG – A disappointed Martin Lasarte communicated with the media through a marathon of translations. But what wasn’t lost in translation, with his message conveyed from Spanish to Arabic and then English, was the embarrassment at being the man in charge when Al Ahly suffered their worst defeat in the CAF Champions League.
The Uruguayan coach watched helplessly from the side-lines as the Egyptian giants got thumped 5-0 by Mamelodi Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium in the first leg of the quarterfinals.
His job now hangs by a thread even though he was appointed in December to replace Patrice Carteron whose contract was not renewed after he lost last year's final to Esperance.
Losing the Champions League final with Al Ahly almost leads to a coach’s sacking, being in charge of their worst showing in the tournament is probably a bigger sin.
Lasarte has to do the unthinkable to keep his job, overturn the 5-0 defeat to advance to the semifinals. Most teams would go into the second leg with their heads dropped and having accepted that their time in the Champions League is over.