Mosimane on supporting Kaizer Chiefs, the Tokyo Olympics

Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane discussed supporting Kaizer Chiefs as a kid and their chances of winning the CAF Champions League title.

Al Ahly have reached the CAF Champions League final for the second consecutive season after thrashing Espérance Sportive de Tunis 4-0 on aggregate.

Meanwhile, their opponent Kaizer Chiefs had to overcome a very strong Wydad Casablanca side. The Moroccan side dominated both games but weren’t clinical enough to come back from their shocking 1-0 defeat in the first leg.

The final is set to take place at the Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca on July 17 and CAF have just revealed that Burundi referee Pacifique Ndabihawenimana.

While the Red Devils appear to be the favorites for the general public, Mosimane said that this is no time for compliance as they’re a tough side.

“I believe that any coach goes into any match to win. I told Al Ahly players that the Champions League begins with the quarter-finals. There is, of course, the fact that I am competing with a South African team in the final,” said Mosimane.

“Kaizer Chiefs is the team that I supported as a youngster, but it is now about me, my family, and my team, this is what matters now. Al Ahly wants that tenth star, this is what I am working to achieve.

“The African Champions League is a different tournament, in which you need a lot of experience and a lot of factors such as match tactics and the players. Kaizer Chiefs play well from set-pieces and can play away from home, they’re big and can play with the head and this is something we must take into account.

“To win the African Champions League, we have to choose the correct formation for that match. This is the most important thing.

“Did I receive the respect of Egyptian football legends? For me, I think I passed the tests. We won when it was important. We won all the tournaments we played for. Legends will say what they want to say, but we are not in a popularity competition, my job is to win.

“We have to respect Kaizer Chiefs. They are a tough, tough team, they struggle in matches but they survive with results. They are like soldiers, and that’s what makes them a special team.

“It is important not to criticize your players when they have bad days. They did have a slump before but in the following matches they played well.

“The coach must not forget the players’ good days. It is important to remember as coaches that we need players. I have to keep a good relationship with them because they are important.”

“The departure of Al-Ahly players immediately after the CAF Champions League final to participate in the Tokyo Olympics is difficult, because I have a team with players who do not want to be injured before the Olympics. I had to make sure that they participate in the Champions League final as well as participate in Tokyo 2020, which is beneficial for both parties.”

“The most important thing in the final against Kaizer Chiefs is the balance of the team against the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. We have to focus on the match and play in harmony,” he concluded.

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