Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane has expressed his delight for the CAF Champions League triumph, saying his heart stopped during the game.
Mohamed Magdy Afsha’s 88th minute strike secured Al Ahly their ninth CAF Champions League title against their arch-rivals Zamalek on Friday.
Zamalek were the better side during the majority of the game, but the experience of the Reds’ players was the difference as they won what was dubbed the Final of the Century.
The title was Pitso Mosimane’s second with two different teams and with both times coming against Zamalek after his win against the Whites during his time with Sundowns back in 2016.
Speaking after the game, Mosimane said: “We respect Zamalek. The Cairo Derby is not decided by whoever plays better, but who wins.
“All respect to Shikabala and the Zamalek coach who did a great job and made us struggle to play well. Zamalek put pressure on us and I told my players at half-time that we are not playing well.
“In the second half, I found that Zamalek began to collapse, starting from their goalkeeper, so I told the players that they should press up the field.
“My heart stopped after Hussien El-Sahat’s miss. I thank the Al Ahly president Mahmoud El-Khatib for putting his faith in me as well as the Sundowns’ president for giving me the chance to achieve my dream.
“I also thank the Al Ahly fans for their support. We have the Egypt Super Cup, the CAF Super Cup, and the Egypt Cup and we want to win them all,” he added.
Mosimane now has the chance to complete the treble this season as Al Ahly will face Ittihad of Alexandria in the Egypt Cup semi-finals, with another possible final against Zamalek await them.
The Reds will also face CAF Confederation Cup champions RS Berkane in the CAF Super Cup, and secured their spot in the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup for the sixth time in their history.
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