Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane has paid tribute to his former club Mamelodi Sundowns, saying that his successful stint at the Tshwane giants is mainly the reason he is coaching the ‘African club of the century’.
Despite arriving at the club last month with the Egyptian Premier League title wrapped up, Mosimane guided Al Ahly home in their last few games and stated that he will add the Cairo giants’ 42nd league triumph to his resume.
On Saturday, Al Ahly hammered Tala’a El-Gaish 3-0 in the final round of the 2019/20 campaign with Mosimane extending his unbeaten run as coach of the club to six games, winning five, while drawing once against Pyramids.
Under the leadership of Mosimane, affectionately known as “Jingles”, the Reds have scored 12 goals while conceding only once.
“Winning the Egyptian Premier League with Al Ahly is something to add to my resume, and I thank Mahmoud El-Khatib for giving me the honour to coach the Reds,” said Mosimane as quoted by KingFut.
“I have arrived in Egypt with Al Ahly already winning in the league and I am happy that I am yet to lose with them.”
The former Bafana Bafana mentor is the most successful coach in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) era with five league titles, clinching a hat-trick of titles recently when he guided Sundowns to their 10th Premiership crown to add to his 2016/17 season CAF Champions League and CAF Super Cup success as Sundowns head coach.
“Mamelodi Sundowns is a big team and there we used to take Al Ahly as an example to follow and praise them in front of the players,” he said.
“I wouldn’t have coached Al Ahly if it wasn’t for my successes with Mamelodi Sundowns,” added Mosimane, who still has the chance to add a further trophy to his cabinet this year in the form of the CAF Champions League after guiding Ahly to the final.
Mosimane’s men will battle either Zamalek or Raja Casablanca in the 2019/20 Champions League final.
“Before I took charge of Al Ahly, I researched for some of their star players and found that some are still at the club like Walid Soliman and Ahmed Fathi, who are considered as some of the elites of the continent,” said Mosimane.
“Our main goal is to win the CAF Champions League and we will fight for it. We have a lot of time until the CAF Champions League final and I hope that we maintain our performance during that period,” he concluded.
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By FARPost Reporter
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