Ahly were the better side in both matches against Morocco’s Raja: Coach Mosimane

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 23 Apr 2022

Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane said his team deserved the win against Morocco’s Raja Casablanca because they “were the better side” in both confrontations in the African Champions League quarterfinal.

Pitso Mosimane
File Photo: Ahly s coach Pitso Mosimane greets the fans. AFP


The ten-time and back-to-back African Champions League title holders trudged on in their campaign to win an unprecedented third CL title in a row after  a 1-1 draw on Raja’s turf in Casablance on Friday evening, which gave them a 3-2 aggregate win to advance to the semis.

Ahly defeated their Moroccan counterparts 2-1 in the first leg at home last Saturday.

“It was a difficult game. We respected Raja a lot, but we were the better side in both matches,” Mosimane said in a press conference after the game.

“We missed a penalty in Cairo and another one here in Morocco. But there is no doubt regarding our superiority,” the South African coach added.

“Until the last minute of the game, we had the upper hand, and we were close to winning. We just need to develop our final touch and… have confidence in ourselves to proceed successfully,” he said.

“We proved today that we know well how to play Champions League games,” he concluded.

Ahly, who qualified for the semis for a record-extending 18th time, are now on a collision course with Algeria’s ES Setif, who advanced to the semis after stunning Tunisia's Esperance with a 1-0 victory on Friday evening in Tunis following a goalless draw in the first leg in Algeria.

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