Mosimane off to a winning start as Al Ahly coach


Pitso Mosimane marked his debut as Al Ahly head coach with a narrow 1-0 victory over Al Mokawloon in the Egyptian Premier League on Sunday night as the ‘African club of the century’ extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches across all competitions.

The only goal of the match was scored by Amr Al Salaya on the stroke of half-time with Mosimane becoming the first non-Egyptian African coach to lead the ‘Red Devils’.

“It is a great honour for me to be the first African non-Egyptian manager for Al Ahly,” he said.

The South African tactician penned a two-year deal with the Cairo giants after surprisingly resigning as Mamelodi Sundowns head coach and the 56-year-old could have not hoped for a better start having taken over from Rene Weiler on Thursday.

“I am very pleased after the win as we succeeded to defeat a tough opponent as they depend on the counter-attacks,” added the former Bafana Bafana mentor.

“Each game has its own conditions and tactics, so we prepare for each one individually. The coming period will witness more work to develop the physical and technical aspects, and the team has a lot to offer in the upcoming matches.”

With the league title already wrapped up before Mosimane’s arrival, the ambitions club, Ahly are hungry for more success with the new man in charge tasked with clinching the CAF Champions League and Egyptian Cup.

Mosimane’s next challenges are league encounters against ENPPI SC on Wednesday and Pyramids FC on Sunday before the double-legged Champions League semi-final against Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca later this month.

“I am humbled after the great confidence from the club’s board, headed by the legendary captain Mahmoud El-Khatib. I will do my best to fulfil and achieve all the fans’ dreams,” concluded Mosimane.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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