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Ahly coach Mosimane had mixed emotions against ex-club Sundowns

Mosimane, who has managed Sundowns for eight years, took the reins at the Cairo giants last October, helping them to the Champions League and Egypt Cup titles

Ahram Online , Tuesday 18 May 2021
Ahly's South African coach Pitso Mosimane (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Ahly's South African boss Pitso Mosimane said he had mixed emotions when he faced his former club Mamelodi Sundowns in the first leg of the African Champions League quarter-final last Saturday.

Mosimane, who steered Sundowns to a host of domestic titles and the 2016 Champions League crown in a highly-successful eight-year spell, took the reins at the Cairo giants last October.

He helped them to the Champions League and Egypt Cup titles after they had already won the domestic league prior to his arrival.

Ahly earned a 2-0 first-leg advantage over Sundowns following their home victory and they will be favourites to book a semi-final berth when they face the South Africans in the second leg in Pretoria on Saturday.  

"It was normal. But football is normal. Of course, there were mixed emotions,” Mosimane was quoted as saying by South African news website IOL on Tuesday.

"But we've played the first match, so we've broken the ice. So yeah, it's fine.”

Despite Ahly's comfortable first-leg win, Mosimane is taken nothing for granted.

"It’s an advantage because we have an edge. But it’s halftime and we are leading 2-0. It doesn’t mean anything - football is football," the 56-year-old said.

"At Ahly we lost 2-0 at halftime and we won the match 3-2. It's just a small advantage; gives you a little bit of confidence."

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