Saudi Arabia side Al-Nassr land Socceroos international Brad Jones

Brad Jones has signed for Al-Nassr on a two-year deal. (AFP)
Updated 02 August 2018
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Saudi Arabia side Al-Nassr land Socceroos international Brad Jones

  • Jones will keep goal for the side who finished third last season
  • Former Liverpool stopper joins Amrabat and Ramos in Riyadh

LONDON: Al-Nassr continue to make waves in the transfer market after they followed up two headline-grabbing additions by landing Australian international goalkeeper Brad Jones.
Jones, 36, has spent the last two seasons at Dutch giants Feyenoord, winning the league the season before last, and it is thought they were keen to keep the goalkeeper at De Kuip. But Jones has decided to end his time in Holland and move to Saudi Arabia on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract. He is Al-Nassr’s third big summer signing, following on from Moroccan World Cup star Nordin Amrabat and Peru international Christian Ramos.
“I can announce that I’m leaving Feyenoord to move to Saudi Arabia,” said Jones in a video interview on Twitter. “It’s been a fantastic two years, I’vee enjoyed every minute of it. It’s been an honor to be part of the success we’ve had in bringing trophies to the club. I would like to thank the support given to me over this time. I wish club all the success for the future and hopefully there will be more trophies to come. I’ll be supporting from afar.”


Born in Perth, Jones is used to playing abroad having spent 16 years playing in England, including five at Liverpool. He has won five caps for Australia and was part of their squad at the World Cup in Russia.
Jones is the second Australian keeper to move to the Kingdom this week. Jack Duncan, 25, has swapped life at Newcastle Jets for a new career at Al-Qadsiah where he joins fellow countryman Rhys Williams. The Jets have accepted a “significant” transfer fee from Al-Qadsiah for 25-year-old Australia youth international Duncan after a transfer clause was triggered in his contract.
“I made my A-League debut with the Jets, the club has given me so much,” Duncan said in a farewell interview at the club’s training camp in Spain. “I’ve grown as a player during my time in Newcastle, I’ve had some great times and worked with some fantastic people. This is a great opportunity to develop my career and one that I couldn’t pass up.”
Jets boss Ernie Merrick said it was a blow to lose Duncan.
“I’m extremely disappointed to lose Jack, but he’s been offered an opportunity that he wants to pursue,” Merrick said. “He’s a great team man and well-respected member of this club. His engagement with our fans and his contribution to the Newcastle community shouldn’t be overlooked. At his age and with his ability, I think Jack has the potential to go onto big things and I wish him the very best with the next step in his career.”


Work still to be done for Egypt's Al-Ahly in quest for African Champions League glory

Updated 23 September 2018
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Work still to be done for Egypt's Al-Ahly in quest for African Champions League glory

  • The Egyptian giants took a step closer to a ninth continental title
  • Attention immediately changed to the first leg against Setif in Cairo on Oct. 2

CAIRO: Al-Ahly coach Patrice Carteron has warned his players against complacency in their forthcoming African Champions League semifinal clash against Setif of Algeria, even though his side swept through with a 4-0 quarterfinal second-leg victory over Guinea’s Horoya in Cairo on Saturday.
The Egyptian giants took a step closer to a ninth continental title with the win against the Guineans after a goalless first leg. From the moment Walid Soliman opened the scoring after 32 minutes at the Al-Salam Stadium, the result was never in doubt as the Reds put in a dominant performance.
Second half goals from Islam Mohareb, Salah Mohsen and Ahmed Fathy confirmed the win.
“It was a good performance, especially as the pitch was poor,” Carteron said. “We are happy to go through but we controlled the game, especially in the second half when we were at our best. We adjusted our offensive strategy at the break and that made a difference.”
Attention immediately changed to the first leg against Setif in Cairo on Oct. 2.
“We know that the game will be very tough as Setif are a strong team but this is the semifinal of the Champions League, you know that any game is going to be tough,” added the Frenchman.
Setif defeated defending champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco 1-0 on aggregate and will host Al-Ahly in Algeria in the second leg on Oct. 23.
“Setif were the champions in 2014 and we know that we are going to have be at our best if we are going to the final,” said the 48 year-old, who also coached TP Mazembe of Congo to the 2015 title. He is aiming to deliver similar success for Al-Ahly, who last lifted the trophy in 2013.
“When I took the job three months ago, the target was clear: to win the Champions League. That is still the objective and we have taken a big step toward that today.
“Standards in the competition are getting better all the time and results in the quarterfinal show this,” Carteron said, adding that he and his players had taken note of how Mazembe had been knocked out at the last-eight stage.
“Now we are in the semifinal and we have to prepare as well as we can to face Setif. It will be a big challenge but we are looking forward to it.”
Setif reached the semifinal after a 0-0 draw in the second leg in Morocco on Friday to take the tie 1-0 on aggregate following a win on Algerian soil a week earlier.
Goalkeeper Moustapha Zeghba was the star of the show in Casablanca and made a number of fine saves to deny the defending champions.
It was a feather in the cap for coach Rachid Taoussi, a Moroccan who coached Wydad from 2002 to 2003.
“We managed this game very well,” Taoussi said. “We withstood the pressure. It is not easy to keep out such a team, especially with their fans behind them. In the end they had to play long balls and that made it easier for us to defend.”
While Morocco may have lost its sole representative left in the competition, Taoussi is flying the flag for his homeland. “I am proud to be Moroccan. I respect Wydad and the supporters a lot. It’s not easy for anyone to come here and play like we did.
“It is also a demonstration for those who constantly criticize the skills of Moroccan coaches. I’m so happy. That said, the most important thing for us now is to think about going even further in this competition, that is, reaching the final. We have one more step to go; we will give everything until the end.”
The other semifinal sees a third North African team trying to reach the showpiece event as Esperance de Tunis take on Clube Desportivo de Agosto of Angola.