Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane has recognised the big responsibility he holds to manage the team into qualifying to the CAF Champions League semifinal ahead of his former club Mamelodi Sundowns, while also praising the Red Devils’ president Mahmoud El-Khatib’s management.
“We are determined and insisted on making the semifinal from Pretoria. We hold a slight advantage due to the first leg result. I know Sundowns’ capabilities but we have got no alibis and we have to be ready. We got no issues and adapted to the atmosphere,” Mosimane told reporters.
“Sundowns is a good side but I am focused with my team, there are 70 million we aim to make happy and fans expect a lot from us. I took over Al Ahly when they had eight stars on the shirt, I achieved the ninth with them and I dream of 10th star. It’s a big responsibility and all Al Ahly supporters await this.”
“When you are in Egypt you will realise El-Khatib’s worth, he is a football legend and achieved a lot of exploits with Al Ahly. He understands me well because he belongs to the football community and he fulfills all the team’s needs with no interference in my job. We speak together about the team after wins and defeats.”
“I admire challenges. I had a long term contract with Sundowns but I chose to join Al Ahly to win the league, Champions League, cup and play the Club World Cup. I took the risk despite having the chance to coach the national team because Al Ahly possess the personality of eagles who know when to swoop in the right time.”
“We know Sundowns’ strength but we came here to obtain a positive result and seal qualification in order to continue defending the title.”
An intense week awaits Al Ahly who will face Sundowns in the second leg on May 22 at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, remain two days after the game before traveling to Qatar to face RS Berkane in the CAF Super Cup.