Mosimane dazzles from Chloorkop to Cairo

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Great ambassador Pitso Mosimane is flying the SA flag high in Egypt. Picture: Khaled Elfiqi / epa
Great ambassador Pitso Mosimane is flying the SA flag high in Egypt. Picture: Khaled Elfiqi / epa

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Pitso Mosimane is flying South Africa’s flag high in Egypt.

Fresh from winning the Absa Premiership coach of the season award, Mosimane reached his second CAF Champions League final in four years.

He has been an instant hit at his new club Al Ahly, which he joined last month.

Mosimane’s Red Devils progressed to the final of the premier continental competition following a 5-1 aggregate win over Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca.

The Egyptians had a 2-0 advantage from the first leg. They finished off their opponents in the second leg at Cairo International Stadium courtesy of goals from Marwan Mohsen, Hussein El Shahat and Yasser El Hanafi.

True to his word, the team did not park the bus as would have been expected from north African teams.

Last week, after the second leg, he said: “I can promise the Al Ahly fans that we will keep the same spirit in every away game.”

Mosimane is hoping to repeat his 2016 heroics when he led Mamelodi Sundowns to the continental championship, ironically in Egypt against Zamalek.

Read: Al Ahly ‘coup d’état’ rattles Sundowns

Interestingly, Al Ahly could meet their rivals Zamalek in an all-Egypt final if the latter complete the job at home against Raja Casablanca of Morocco.

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Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane

Zamalek lead Raja 1-0 from the first leg.

Their second leg, which was scheduled for last night, had to be postponed after the Moroccan sides suffered a setback after eight of their players tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus and needed to be quarantined.

The game will now be played next Sunday.

The CAF Champions League final is scheduled for November 6.

Mosimane remains undefeated since his arrival at the club last month. His record sits at four wins and a draw.

I have always said that the league is among the top three on the continent. You gave me the opportunity and platform to showcase what South African football is about.
Pitso Mosimane

The 56-year-old tactician has brought a fresh new attacking impetus from the team he took over from Swiss coach René Weiler.

Al Ahly are on a 17-match winning run at home in the competition.

“I want to congratulate the players for reaching the final. I hope this time we have luck.

“We will see who the winner from Zamalek and Raja [will be], but it won’t be easy,” Mosimane said on the CAF Twitter account.

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Al Ahly had all reasons to celebrate their victory under new coach Pitso Mosimane.

It has been a good week for the coach from Kagiso. On Thursday, he was named the coach of the season at the PSL Awards. Mosimane also received a special recognition from league boss Irvin Khoza, who handed him the chairman’s award.

Last season, he guided Sundowns as they won the league, the Telkom Knockout and the Nedbank Cup.

“Chairman Khoza, you never stop humbling me in public. May God spare you. Thank you, PSL.

“I have always said that the league is among the top three on the continent. You gave me the opportunity and platform to showcase what South African football is about,” Mosimane said in a tweet.


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