Pitso guides Al Ahly to third-place in Fifa Club World Cup

The South African tactician emulated legendary Portuguese coach Manuel Jose de Jesus, who led the Red Devils to a third-place finish in 2006

Pitso Mosimane guided Al Ahly to a 3-2 win over Brazilian giants Palmeiras SC on penalties following a 0-0 draw in the 2020 Fifa Club World Cup third-place playoff match on Thursday evening.

The two teams were unable to find the back of the net in regulation time at the 2022 Fifa World Cup venue, Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar. 

The Red Devils were looking to end their Club World Cup campaign with a victory after losing 2-0 to European and German champions Bayern Munich in a semi-final match on Monday.  

Al Ahly struggled to created chances in the opening stages of the second-half and Mosimane introduced an attack-minded duo of Junior Ajayi and Mohamed Sherif on the hour-mark.   

Ajayi thought he had opened the scoring when he fired home on the rebound after an acrobatic kick from El-Sulaya was parried into his path by Weverton.

However, the goal was disallowed for offside and the African champions continued to launch attacks with Mosimane having introduced striker Marwan Mohsen and midfielder Aliou Dieng. 

Both teams pushed for a late winning goal in the latter stages of the game, but it never came and the match ended in a 0-0 draw a penalty shootout followed.

Al Ahly went on to win 3-2 on penalties against the South American champions with Nigeria international Ajayi scoring the Red Devils’ last penalty-kick.

The victory saw Al Ahly equal their best-ever finish in the global competition having also finished third in the 2006 tournament in Japan. 

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