Pitso Mosimane may not have won the Fifa Club World Cup in Qatar with Al Ahly, but the third-place, bronze medal he attained has left him delighted.
The African champions matched their best finish at the Club World Cup with a 3-2 win in penalties against Brazilian giants Palmeiras in the third-place playoff on Thursday night at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar.
“So, we have won two out of three games, we are proud of the team, it is a collective effort and we worked very hard and it wasn’t easy, but we managed to get a medal,” said Mosimane, who becomes the first South African coach to walk away with a medal at a Club World Cup.
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Mosimane believes the Cairo giants have proved their class on the global stage with two wins and a defeat at the Club World Cup.
The 2-0 defeat against the undisputed powerhouse of world football, Bayern Munich on Monday was Mosimane’s first in 23 matches at Ahly.
Bayern eventually won the tournament after narrowly edging Tigres UANL 1-0 in the final following the Ahly/Palmeiras encounter.
“Look any team who comes to this tournament comes to win the tournament, you believe you can win, we believe we could have won the World Cup but let’s talk about the realities, the realities are it is very difficult to win a World Cup,” added Mosimane.
“We played a team that is very strong Bayern. Maybe if I had Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah then we would have talked a different talk, so let’s be honest and accept what we are and where we are and a little bit of humility and respect for football. We got the right results.
“The bronze medal, yes who remembers the bronze medal? Nobody but at this point in time where we are amongst the other teams, I am happy to get bronze because I had Bayern in the semifinals I can’t ask for more than this, one step at a time,” he concluded.
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