Former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane got his Al Ahly career off to a flier as he guided Egyptian giants to a narrow 1-0 win over Mokawloon SC at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday.
Mosimane sent out his side in a fluid 4-2-3-1 formation on Sunday evening with Senegal striker Aliou Badji leading the line supported by club record-signing Hussein El Shahat, Mostafa Magdy and Kahraba.
The match got off to a nervy start for Mosimane’s charges who were forced to substitute goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy after he suffered an injury in the 28th minute. However, a first half goal from the penalty spot by Amr El Solia was enough to secure maximum points for the Red Devils.
Speaking to the club after the match coach Mosimane expressed his delight at the result giving some insights on his approach and wished his goalkeeper a speedy recovery.
“I am very pleased after today’s win as we succeeded to defeat a tough opponent as they depend on the counter attacks. Each game has its own conditions and tactics, so we prepare for each one individually,” said Mosimane on the club’s official Twitter account.
“El Shenawy is a very important player and we are suffering from several injuries, so I wish him a speedy recovery” added the new Ahly coach.
With the title already wrapped up before his arrival, Mosimane’s next challenges are league ties against ENPPI and money-bags Pyramids FC – before the double-legged CAF Champions League semi-final against Wydad Casablanca.