Belgian José Riga, who has just been appointed coach of JS Kabylie, explained his plans to the club’s official media.
If he is already 64 years old, José Riga has not yet known the Algerian championship. Overtaken in particular by France (FC Metz), Belgium (Standard de Liège, Cercle Brugge), England (Charlton, Blackpool) and Tunisia (Club Africain), he is committed to JSK this week.
For his club he explains the reasons for his commitment: “What motivated my choice is above all the history of JSK, which is one of the biggest African clubs both nationally and internationally. It’s a renowned club that I heard a lot about long before I joined. The other motivation is none other than my conversation with the club president. With the latter we found a lot in common, especially our way of looking at football and developing this JSK team and of course bringing what it takes to be successful.“.
Success will be precisely the question. The Kabyle club, who have not been crowned champions since 2008, finished second in the Ligue 1 championship. Enough to feed the ambitions of Riga, who want even more: “The JSK must be systematically at the top of the national championship season after season and try to get the best results in the Champions League and the Algerian Cup as well. That corresponds to my ambition. I know JSK haven’t won the league since 2008, it’s a personal challenge as it’s my club now.
The recipe for future success? “Build a team and work hard. You have to have respect for this club. Behind the work it is important to bring out the individual competence of both the players and the technical staff. There is no magic recipe, you have to go through sweat and sweat and absolutely respect the JSK.” he explains before concluding with a message addressed to JSK fans: “I know the reputation of this club, I know what the expectations of its fans are, namely to win and to win as much as possible. This is also my intention. I know the fans hope the coach will balance success and style. I can promise. Getting there requires some skill and a bit of luck. I’m ready to give everything because I have a lot of respect for this club and the region.»