Mosimane hails second-half display as Ahly win African Super Cup

Ahram Online , Friday 28 May 2021

'We played with our hearts," Mosimane says after Ahly win a record-extending seventh African Super Cup title

Ahly players celebrate with the African Super Cup trophy after beating Morocco's RS Berkane 2-0 (Photo: Ahly's official Twitter account)

Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane was left delighted with how his team responded to a lethargic first-half display to come out with all guns blazing in the second and win the African Super Cup with a 2-0 victory over Morocco's RS Berkane on Friday.

In front of a limited crowd of 7,000 fans at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Qatari capital Doha, Berkane spurned two goal-scoring chances as Ahly laboured in a first half to forget.

However, a brilliant goal from in-form striker Mohamed Sherif in the 57th minute and a late strike from substitute Salah Mohsen turned the tide in Ahly's favour and gave them a record-extending seventh Super Cup title.

"It was a difficult game; Berkane is a very good team. We played with our hearts but we lost some balls in the first half," Mosimane told beIN Sports in a pitch-side interview.

"But in the second half we took possession and played the way we usually play. We get better when we have the ball, and that's what happened in the second half.

"Berkane could have equalised but we managed to score a second goal that killed the game."

Ahly's Super Cup triumph gives them a morale boost before they meet Tunisia's Esperance in a mouthwatering two-legged clash in the African Champions League semis next month.

Mosimane is aware that Ahly fans have already turned their attention to the next targets.

"From our next game, our fans will demand that we win the domestic league, African Champions League and all possible titles," the South African coach added.

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