Former Al Ahly and Zamalek star Reda Abdel Aal has warned that the bubble around Pitso Mosimane will soon burst as the recently crowned African champions “are too big” for the former Mamelodi Sundowns mentor.
Mosimane has been hailed by many for guiding the Egyptian giants to a historic treble in Egypt after taking over from Swiss mentor Rene Weiler towards the end of the north African country’s football season in October.
At the time, the ‘Club of the Century’ had won the League title with seven games to go while they had also booked a place in the CAF Champions League and Egyptian Cup semi-finals. The Kagiso-born mentor guided them to the finish line, capturing the two cup titles and winning the remaining five league matches.
However, the ex-Pharaohs international, who now serves as coach of Egyptian topflight side Tanta SC, has cautioned those touting the former Bafana Bafana coach as a top coach in Africa, saying Ahly will suffer under his tutelage.
“I wanted to wait until the end of the African Champions League to share my opinion about coach Pitso. I think he led Al Ahly to win this title as he has very good players and a very strong board, but as a coach, I have many question marks about him,” he told Egypt TV.
He is convinced the ‘Red Devils’ were not at their best against bitter rivals Zamalek in the final of the African Champions League. “This was my first time to see Al Ahly score and come back to defend. I could not believe what I saw. Then Zamalek were able to score. After the final Al Ahly played against Al Ittihad of Alexandria in the Egypt Cup semi-final and they were a pale shadow of themselves. Al Ahly played the final and there were many mistakes from the coach. They won by penalties as we all know,” the 55-year-old added.
He believes now that a new season has begun, Mosimane may find the going tough as he tries to employ his own tactics. Aal has called on Ahly’s management to “find a coach bigger than coach Pitso”.
“He (Pitso Mosimane) can’t believe that he is the head coach of Al Ahly. I know that. He failed to impress me as a coach in the matches he took charge.”
Mosimane started the new Egyptian Premier League season on a high note after a 3-1 victory over Misr Lel Makkasa SC on Sunday in Cairo.
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By Mthokozisi Dube