Revered Zamalek captain Mahmoud Shikabala has not hidden his admiration and respect for Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane.
The veteran midfielder was discussing his club’s prospects for the current season.
The White Knights will be hoping to win the Egyptian Premier League title after an early exit in the Caf Champions League.
They sit at the apex of the League table with 55 points, while Ahly, who have played six games less, are on 41 points.
The 35-year-old has faced Mosimane’s Ahly thrice since the former Mamelodi Sundowns mentor’s appointment as the Red Devils coach back in October last year.
The first encounter was in the Caf Champions League final, which saw Al Ahly prevail 2-1 over their arch-rivals.
Shikabala’s thunderbolt strike in that game was not enough to turn the match in Ahly’s favour.
He then reproduced an almost similar goal in the following match, which also saw the Reds come out victorious with the same scoreline.
Their most recent meeting pitting the two rivals ended in a 1-1 draw.
It was in the Egyptian Premier League and Shikabala revealed what Mosimane told him before that match.
“Mosimane told me: you will not do it again,” Shikabala told Zamalek TV.
“I have a lot of respect for Mosimane after having met and talked to him in our encounters,” he added.
The former Sporting CP forward said their focus was now on domestic competitions after they were knocked out of the Champions League.
“We pledged to win the league and cup to make the fans of Zamalek happy. What’s happening outside the pitch isn’t our fault, but we will fight until the last moment.”
By Mthokozisi Dube