Ahly coach Mosimane says will not risk international players against Palmeiras

Ahram Online , Monday 7 Feb 2022

Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane revealed that he will not risk pitting his international players against Palmeiras on Tuesday in the FIFA Club World Cup semifinal less than 48 hours after playing the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.

File photo: Ahly s coach Pitso Mosimane

Six players joined Ahly in the UAE on Monday afternoon coming from Cameroon after losing in the final of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations against Senegal on penalties late on Sunday.

Keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi, defender Ayman Ashraf, midfielders Amr El-Sulaya and Hamdi Fathi and striker Mohamed Sherif have joined the training camp in Abu Dhabi coming from Cairo following an earlier trip from Yaounde.

“It is not easy to start the Palmeiras game with our international players. I have to see my players first and I will check their physical and technical condition. After that I will evaluate the situation more clearly, especially since they are coming from a very difficult competition in the Africa Cup of Nations,” Mosimane told the pre-match press conference.

A weakened Ahly, which had to do without its international players in addition to six injuries, won in their first game in the Club World Cup against Mexico’s Monterrey 1-0.

The South African coach assured that the game against the Copa Libertadores champions will not be easy.

“Ahly defeated the Brazilian team on penalties last year, which reflects the strength of both teams who were crowned continental champions for two years in a row,” said Mosimane.

The Reds boss concluded his words at the pre-match press conference by assuring that his team is a big team who came to the UAE with high hopes, but they have to be humble at the same time.

“I dream of coaching Ahly for many years until I become a legend like Manuel Jose, who clinched four African titles in seven years,” he concluded.

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