Egyptian giants Al Ahly have announced Pitso Mosimane as their new head coach for the next two seasons.
Mosimane on Wednesday cut ties with PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns after eight years with them. He recently led the Brazilians to their 10th PSL title, his fifth with them.
At the Red Devils, Mosimane replaces Swiss coach Rene Weiler whose last game in charge was on Wednesday night against Tersana in an Egypt Cup tie. The record 42-time Egyptian champions emerged 2-1 in that tie.
The club confirmed Mosimane’s appointment in a statement.
“The club’s board of directors decided in its meeting today, Thursday, 01-10-2020, headed by Captain Mahmoud Al-Khatib, to approve what was mentioned in the memorandum submitted by the Planning Committee in coordination with the general supervisor of the ball, which included the following.”
“Termination of the contractual relationship with Mr. Rene Weiler, coach of the first football team, in accordance with the terms of his contract with the club due to the difficulty of achieving his urgent demands, which were not included in the contract clauses and contradict the interest and stability of the team at this important stage, as well as the players’ need to focus and prepare Powers for the next stage,” a club statement read.
It further said Mosimane was taking over the eight-time African champions with his primary mandate being to lead them to their ninth CAF Champions League title.
Ahly are currently in the semi-finals of Africa’s elite club competition and in the last-16 of the Egyptian Cup and with the league title already secured, Mosimane will have the opportunity to secure the Egyptian giants a historic treble.
Weiler, who joined the Cairo-based side last year in August, leaves them despite having led the team to Egyptian Premier League and Super Cup glory this season.
By Mthokozisi Dube