Hitting the ground running: Pitso to conduct first Al Ahly training just hours after arrival in Egypt

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Pitso Mosimane arriving in Egypt to start his tenure as Al Ahly new head coach. Picture: Picture: Al Ahly Twitter
Pitso Mosimane arriving in Egypt to start his tenure as Al Ahly new head coach. Picture: Picture: Al Ahly Twitter

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Pitso Mosimane is expected to take charge of his first official game as Al Ahly coach on Sunday.

The 56-year-old arrived to a warm reception from a sizeable group comprising Al Ahly officials and the club’s fans at Cairo International Airport in Egypt around 8am on Friday morning.

“Arriving with a dream ... Arriving with ambition,” the club Tweeted on Friday, with this post accompanied by the images of Mosimane and his two-man contingent.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns coach took to Egypt his specialist coaches, fitness trainer Kabelo Rangoaga and performance analyst Musi Matlaba.

Read: Details of Pitso’s imminent unveiling at Al Ahly emerge

City Press contacts in Egypt said the trio were due to meet the president of Al Ahly Mahmoud El Khatib and the players at 3pm, then conduct their first official training session two hours later.

This is in preparation of Al Ahly’s home league game against El Mokawloon on Sunday.

I know your passion for the club and I am sure you’ll support me to achieve our dreams together. You are the shield and the sword. I am counting on you.
Pitso Mosimane

It has been a dramatic week for Mosimane who resigned from Sundowns on Wednesday to accept a two-year deal from the eight-time African champions as a replacement for former coach René Weiler.

In a video circulated by Al Ahly leading to Mosimane’ arrival in Cairo, “Jingles” said he was looking forward to meeting the club’s fans, who he said earned his respect during the two clubs’ previous clashes in the CAF Champions League.

He also pleaded for “space and time” to help maintain Al Ahly’s status as the top ranked cub in the continent.

In the 51 second clip, Mosimane said: “It’s a big dream and the most exciting thing for me is to meet the Al Ahly passionate supporters, the fans. The ones that took my heart and deserved my respect during the previous fixtures.

“Al Ahly are the greatest club in the world and their fans are the best. I know your passion for the club and I am sure you’ll support me to achieve our dreams together. You are the shield and the sword. I am counting on you. I am counting on the great history, the professionalism and the respected board [of the club]. We are in this together to keep Al Ahly always at the top. We are all together in good and bad times – Al Ahly above all.”


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Daniel Mothowagae 

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