Ahly Coach Pitso Mosimane during training on Tuesday 8 March, 2022. Photo courtesy of Al-Ahly Facebook page.
“Sometimes I rest some of my players, but I did not do that during the past game against Pyramids FC. I have professional players in my squad and they know well what they have to do,” Mosimane told a television programme early on Friday.
Ahly just played a tough game in the Egyptian Premier League against Pyramids FC on Tuesday and flew to South Africa late on the same day to start preparations for the game against Sundowns in the continental tournament on Saturday.
The Red Devils moved two points clear on top of the table with a game in hand after crushing Pyramids FC 3-0 in an exciting clash at Al-Salam Stadium.
“I do not have any problems with playing a game against Sundowns only four days after facing Pyramids FC in the domestic league, ” Mosimane said.
“I hope to secure the CAF Champions League title for the third time in a row,” he added.
Ahly, who opened their group-stage campaign with a 0-0 away draw to Sudan's Al-Hilal before suffering a surprise 1-0 home loss to South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns, are level with Al-Merrikh each with four points in Group A.
Meanwhile, Sundowns top the group with seven points while Al-Hilal lie at the bottom with a solitary point.
Ahly is scheduled to meet the Sundowns away from home next weekend, while Al-Hilal will host Al-Merrikh in Omdurman.
The 57-year-old coach, who extended his stay with Ahly until 2024 on Wednesday, believes his work with the team is still unfinished.
Although he signed the new contract, Mosimane said that the management and team’s supporters may ask him to leave if he fails to deliver victories in the coming games.
“The contract is not just a piece of paper; it should be officiated on the field of play,” he said, adding that he “spent lots of time in negotiations with the team management, but I am happy extending my stay.”
“Ahly is not only… one of the biggest teams in Africa. Is there any other team that enjoys the support of 70 million fans?” the South African coach concluded.
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