South African coach Mosimane to see out his Ahly contract: Club

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 Oct 2021

Ahly moved to dispel doubts over the future of coach Pitso Mosimane after confirming on Wednesday that he would see out his contract with the club.

Pitso Mosimane
File photo of Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane (Photo: the club s official Facebook page)

Recent reports said new contract talks between Ahly and Mosimane broke down after the club had rejected the South African's financial demands.

South African media said Mosimane had asked for a $270,000 monthly salary, which represents a 125 percent increase on his current deal.

Ahly did not explicitly say that new contract talks have stalled, but insisted that Mosimane was committed to fulfilling his current deal, which runs out next summer.

"It was agreed that Mosimane would see out his contract, which expires at the end of the 2021-22 season, without any salary adjustments," Amir Tawfik, who oversees Ahly's signings, said in a statement.

"Pitso has not asked for a salary increase and the club still has the utmost confidence in his ability to fulfil the ambitions of the club and its fans in the coming period.

"The meeting the club had with the coach was positive … it was agreed that any outstanding issues will be settled at the end of the season."

Mosimane made an instant impact after taking over at the club in October last year, guiding the team to a much-awaited African Champions League crown following a remarkable 2-1 victory over perennial Cairo rivals Zamalek in the final a month later.

He also steered Ahly to the Egypt Cup title and helped the team finish third in the FIFA Club World Cup earlier this year before winning Africa's blue-riband club competition for the second time in a row last season.

However, Ahly then began a downward slide, losing the Egyptian Premier League title, which they had won the previous five seasons, to Zamalek before suffering a shock shootout defeat by unfancied Talae El-Geish in the domestic Super Cup.

The Red Devils kick off the defence of their Champions League crown away to Niger's Union Sportive de la Gendarmerie Nationale in the first leg of the competition's second preliminary round on Saturday.

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