'I am never at peace!': Mosimane claims CAF boss Motsepe has hidden agenda against him

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Pitso Mosimane and Patrice Motsepe (Gallo Images)
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  • Pitso Mosimane believes CAF president Patrice Motsepe has ulterior motives against him.
  • He believes the former Mamelodi Sundowns chairperson has used his leverage on the African body to punish him further.
  • Mosimane and Sundowns are set to go to court over an R8 million dispute.

Pitso Mosimane decided to part ways with Al Ahly, ending his stay with the club as head coach at the 20-month mark in what has been an entertaining spell for the South African.

It surprised many football enthusiasts, especially as the 57-year-old penned a new two-year deal in March, which would have kept him at the club until at least 2024.

"Mosimane requested to leave and (said) that he is satisfied with the achievements he accomplished at the club," Al Ahly revealed in a statement released on Monday.

Jingles, as he is affectionately known, guided the Red Devils to five major trophies, winning the Egypt Cup (2019/20), CAF Champions League (2019/20, 2020/21) and the CAF Super Cup (2020, 2021).

In his letter after his departure was announced, Mosimane wrote that he and his team "delivered" despite having "encountered some bruises and scabs along the way."

Before ending his stay with Al Ahly, Mosimane returned to South Africa for a brief visit and spoke to various media outlets around the country.

On News Afrika, he was asked about CAF awarding Morocco the rights to host the Champions League final only after the semi-final first leg was played, which Mosimane and Al Ahly previously protested against in the lead-up to the big match.

"I have no comment on that. Why don't you ask the president himself? Everybody is asking me," Mosimane said at the time.

"Ask him why he changed the venue after Wydad had won against Petro de Luanda 3-1. You can ask him about all the issues regarding his lawyers sending me all these letters.

"It's not a secret, but everyone is asking me, and nobody is asking him."

The Moroccan Football Federation were the last to bid to host the final after Senegal withdrew, as CAF awarded the rights to the north African nation.

The Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca played host to the final, which is the home venue for Wydad AC and they beat Al Ahly 2-0 to take the Champions League title.

In an interview with PrimeSportsWithMahlatse, Mosimane expanded on the issue.

"It made Africa emotional. The whole of Africa was saying how can the CAF leadership put the cup final in Wydad stadium, and there's wrong with putting it in Wydad stadium. But when do you put it? After they win 3-1 in the first leg. Give it to us in Cairo. We’ll also welcome it.

"So, they decided to put it in Morocco for the reason known by the leadership of CAF. They can say people withdrew.

"There are so many withdrawals from CAF. In the presidential election, there were withdrawals. There are so many withdrawals happening. We are wondering which withdrawals are going to happen now?

"There is nothing wrong to play in Wydad. But say it in the beginning (of the tournament). And also, what is your reason to put it back there?"

Mosimane believes that former Sundowns chairperson Patrice Motsepe, who is the current CAF president, has it in for him.

The issue is most likely linked to when Mosimane resigned from Sundowns in September 2020 and decided to take up his role at Al Ahly.

However, a few months later after his departure, Sundowns filed court papers ordering Mosimane to pay back almost R8 million linked to his R1.5 million salary he received after signing a new deal with the club early in 2020.

"Against me? My opinion. Yes. Because I am the coach of Al Ahly," Mosimane said after being asked if he believes there are ulterior motives against him.

"What makes me feel like that? It's not all about that, it's all the things that are happening every time in the Champions League when I'm playing. I am never at peace.

"You know the lawyers of the Motsepe family will send me letters and will do it every time before the big matches. I am not lying. You can ask him; he’ll tell you. Why that time of all the times? And I mean, what is the issue?

"But it is a court case. Do I really want to go to court? I don't want to – but If I want to protect my name and justify, I will go to court. This is bad for football."

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