Pitso digests his first continental defeat

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Aliou Dieng and his Al Ahly team-mates found the going tough in Tanzania as Pitso Mosimane suffered his maiden defeat on the continent. Picture: Simba SC Twitter
Aliou Dieng and his Al Ahly team-mates found the going tough in Tanzania as Pitso Mosimane suffered his maiden defeat on the continent. Picture: Simba SC Twitter

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Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane looked on the bright side after suffering his first defeat in African football with the Misri giants.

The Egyptians lost 1-0 to Simba SC in a Group A match of the CAF Champions League on Tuesday.

Mozambican attacker Luís Miquissone scored a thunderous goal in the 31st minute at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to hand Mosimane his maiden loss in both domestic and continental competition since his appointment in October.

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Prior to this defeat, the former Mamelodi Sundowns coach had only lost to German heavyweights Bayern Munich in the Fifa Club World Cup in Qatar, where Al Ahly finished third a fortnight ago.

The Egyptian powerhouse, who are the defending champions of the premier African club competition, now have three points in their group after two games with four more games remaining.

“We still have four remaining games in the group stage and we will fight to reach the next round,” Mosimane said on Ah Ahly’s website.

We have to be professional after any loss, but the game could be held in better circumstances
Pitso Mosimane

“We aimed to dominate the possession in today’s game, but we missed several chances in the first half, and in these games we have to take all of our chances.”

Tanzania is one of few countries that allow fans at stadiums despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mosimane appeared to be unhappy about the 30 000 fans who watched the game.

“We have to be professional after any loss, but the game could be held in better circumstances. I am a professional coach and I have no comments on the fans’ attendance as it was the CAF’s decision, but what happened today would not happen in any [other] place in the world,” he said.


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