Ahly's Mosimane blames Raja for time-wasting after Super Cup triumph

Ahram Online , Wednesday 22 Dec 2021

Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane said Raja could have avoided an African Super Cup defeat had they refrained from resorting to time-wasting tactics during their exciting clash in Qatari capital Doha on Wednesday.

 Pitso Mosimane
Ahly s coach Pitso Mosimane holds the winner s trophy after the CAF Super Cup football match between Egypt s Ahly and Morocco s Raja Club Athletic (Raja Casablanca) at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in the Qatari city of Ar-Rayyan on December 22, 2021 (AFP)

Just when Raja where about to celebrate a looming win, thanks to an early goal from Hamid Ahadad, Ahly substitute Taher Mohamed Taher struck in the 90th minute to spark jubilant scenes at Al Rayyan Stadium.

The Red Devils then prevailed 6-5 on penalties to clinch a record-extending eighth African Super Cup title.

Ahly players were incensed at what they perceived Raja's time-wasting antics throughout the game, with the Moroccan side's players appearing to feign injuries on several occasions.

"If Raja played more they could have won, but they instead wasted time," Mosimane told beIN Sports in a pitch-side interview following the game.

In a nerve-wracking shootout, both sides converted their five spot kicks with some powerful shots that both keepers were unable to stop even when they guessed right.

However, Ahly settled the tie in their favour in the sudden death, with Akram Tawfik converting his penalty and Raja's Abdelilah Madkour blasting his effort astonishingly high over.

"We practiced penalties a lot and we cleverly dealt with it. We are Ahly, we have the spirit!" added Mosimane, who has won his fifth title since taking over at the club in October 2020.

Ahly, who won back-to-back African Champions League and Super Cup titles, are now five Super Cup triumphs clear of nearest challengers Zamalek.

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