Pitso Mosimane responds to big claim on Al Ahly job

Pitso Mosimane has finally responded to claims on his Al Ahly job following his side 4-0 victory over Al Ittihad last Monday.

Al Ittihad of Alexandria assistant coach Ibrahim Hassan has already downplayed Mosimane competences at Ahly after stating that coaching the Cairo side is an easy one and that Mosimane would struggle by lasting just two games if he took charge of any other Egyptian Premier League side.

Hassan’s claim came after Mosimane led Al Ahly whipped Al Ittihad 4-0 in a league game on Monday as the Kagiso-born mentor returned to the dugout after recovering from coronavirus.

The victory was Mosimane’s second time of defeating Al Ittihad where Al Ahly first eliminated the Alexandria-based side from the Egyptian Cup earlier this month.

In responding to the claim, Mosimane respected Hassan’s opinion but objected against the claim, stating his job and success at Red Devils has come through hard work.

“I respect his [Ibrahim Hassan’s] opinion,” Mosimane said on King Fut.

“Maybe his statements suit clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester City as well, but I know that football does not work like that.”

Mosimane hit the ground running at Al Ahly when he joined the club after resigning as Mamelodi Sundowns head coach at the end of September 2020.

The 2016 Caf Coach of the Year guided the Red Devils to the Caf Champions League and Egyptian Cup which saw the Cairo-based giants complete a treble in the 2019/20 season.

The Red Devils had clinched the 2019/20 Egyptian Premier League title under Swiss coach Rene Weiler and Mosimane was in charge of the last seven games in the competition.

“If it was like that so why didn’t Al Ahly win the Champions League in the past seven years?” Mosimane asked.

“Being Al Ahly doesn’t mean we are automatically the winners of every game. We have to prepare for games and work hard to win.”

Ibrahim Hassan’s twin brother and Ittihad head coach, Hossam Hassan, praised Mosimane earlier this month, saying he is a coach of a high calibre.

Mosimane is yet to lose a game as Al Ahly coach having taken charge of 14 games across all competitions – winning 13 while drawing one with 10 men against Pyramids FC.


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