Pitso Mosimane not bothered by Al Ahly legend Ibrahim Hassan's criticism

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Pitso Mosimane (Image courtesy of CAF)
Pitso Mosimane (Image courtesy of CAF)

Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane has brushed aside heavy criticism from club legend Ibrahim Hassan.

The former Red Devils defender surprisingly critiqued Mosimane and the South African's abilities as the club's mentor.

Hassan is currently the Sporting Director of Al Ittihad while his twin brother, Hossam, serves as the club's coach.

The 54-year-old believes he is well capable of doing a better job than Mosimane along with his brother at Al Ahly.

"If Haris, Al Ahly's kit man, took charge of Al Ahly, he will win trophies," Hassan said according to KingFut.

"If we [Hossam and Ibrahim Hassan] took charge of Al Ahly we will win trophies. If Pitso coached any other team in the league, he will get sacked after two games.

"Al Ahly wasn't good against us in the Egypt Cup nor in their last games nor in the CAF Champions League."

Mosimane was not going to allow Hassan's words deter him any further as he recently returned to the dugout after recovering from the coronavirus.

"If we look at what he [Hassan] said, it applies to all the major teams in the world. Real Madrid, Manchester City and PSG but football doesn't work like that," Mosimane said.

"What I know is that football only recognises work and effort and if his words were logical, Al Ahly would have won seven Champions League titles in a row.

"Being Al Ahly doesn't guarantee wins, you need to prepare and work hard, but this is his opinion and I respect it."

Mosimane has already guided the Red Devils to the Egyptian Premier League since joining the club from Mamelodi Sundowns.

He also added a second star to his personal collection with a victory in the CAF Champions League final in November.

Meanwhile, Al Ahly are back in action on New Year's Day against Wadi Degla at 19:30 (SA time).

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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