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Coach Mosimane not worried about Ahly's contract renewal, eyes historic season

Mosimane believes that wining the Egyptian Premiere League title would make the season a historic one for Ahly after the recent Champions League triumph

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 19 Jul 2021
Ahly coach Mosimane
Ahly coach Mosimane
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Ahly’s South African coach Pitso Mosimane says he isn’t worried about renewing his contract with the Cairo giants, insisting that winning the Egyptian Premier league title would complete a historic season for his team.

“I am not worried regarding renewing my contract and I only concentrate in my work,” the South African coach said in an interview with Egyptian TV station Al-Nahar on Sunday.

“I need just to choose two or three  new players to deploy my strategy with the team and that would give the team much strength in the coming years to achieve more trophies,” he added.

Mosimane extended his impressive record at Ahly, winning the African Champions League title on Saturday, the fifth title in just 10 months since he took over the team last October.

The Reds defeated Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa 3-0 in the final to qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup for the seventh time, with Japan scheduled to host the tournament in December.

“You can’t compare between Ahly and Chelsea {Europe’s champions who also will play in the coming World Cup}. There is a big difference in possibilities and financial resources, but if you gave me a player like Liverpool star Mohamed Salah then i could compete with Chelsea,” the coach said about Ahly’s participation in the coming Club World Cup.

“I know how the team can get up and I want to leave my own small mark on the team after Portuguese coach Manuel Jose. Players always tell me they can write their own history and I say to them let’s try to achieve five or six succesive trophies to write this history,” he added.

Under the guidance of Mosimane, Ahly won the bronze medal at the Club World Cup in February after beating Brazil's Palmeiras in the third-place playoff.

“Before taking the Ahly charge, club president Mahmoud El-Khatib told me: you know Ahly well and we know who you are and we put the team’s future in your hands,” added the former coach of South African team Sundowns.

On 2 October, the 56-year-old Mosimane was appointed as Ahly coach on a two-year contract, succeeding Swiss boss Rene Weiler.

“I know how much the players are facing pressures, but this gives them more confidence,” Mosimane said.

League race

Holders Ahly are currently second in the Egyptian Premier League table with 51 points, ten points behind leaders and arch rivals Zamalek who played four matches more.

Mosimane said he accepts the league challenge with Zamalek, stressing that wining the domestic title would make the season a special one for Ahly.

“We should always accept the challenges. Zamalek managed to reduce the gap and this could motivate us or put more pressure on our players. The good thing is that winning our postponed matches would put us on the summit,” the South African coach explained.

“If we won the league title the season would be a historic one for Ahly,” the coach added.

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