Mosimane’s Ahly ready for Esperance showdown

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Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane says the reigning African champions are ready to face Esperance in the semi-final of the Caf Champions League.

Ahly face the Tunisian giants in the first leg of the Caf Champions League semi-final on 18th June with the second leg set for 25 June.

“The game against Esperance will be difficult as they are a big team with a special coach but Ahly are always ready for the big games,” Mosimane told the Ahly TV channel.

“We played bigger games like Bayern Munich at the Fifa Club World Cup, Zamalek at the African Champions League finals and we even faced tough opponents like Pyramids FC, Masry and Ittihad of Alexandria in the Egyptian League, so we are always ready for the big events,” said a confident Mosimane.

The 56-year-old coach is convinced one day Ahly can win the Fifa Club World Cup but admits it won’t be an easy mission.

“I told the players that they have a big chance to make history with the team and we are working to achieve our targets,” said Mosimane.

“It’s not easy to claim the Fifa Club World Cup title but we can still do it.”

Mosimane made an impressive start to his Ahly adventure, since joining the team after the departure of Swiss coach Rene Weiler, guiding Ahly to the Caf Champions League, the Egypt Cup and African Super Cup titles.

Before his move up north, he guided Sundowns to a host of titles, during a highly-successful eight-year reign.

“Sundowns’ players concentrate on tactics and speedy moves but Ahly’s players are better in their building as they concentrate on the organised work to achieve their target,” said Mosimane.

Ahly are second in the Egyptian premier League table with 41 points, 14 points behind rivals Zamalek. The Red Devils have six games in hand and will need to win five of those to overtake their rivals.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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