“It’s our third time in a row to reach the final, so you [Wydad] have to be cautious when you face Ahly and respect their history and capabilities wherever they may be,” Mosimane said in a pre-game press conference.
The Red Devils are one step away from becoming the first team in Africa to win a hat-trick of successive Champions League crowns when they face Wydad in the tournament’s final game on Monday.
“The two teams expect to win the game after playing tough games to reach the final, so the game will be difficult,” the South African coach said.
“I have a very good relationship with Wydad and its players,” Mosimane added.
“We will play the game, and if we lose, there won’t be any excuses,” the Ahly affirmed.
“Morocco is a very good country, and I feel at home whenever I am here, as I once participated in a training course here alongside Wydad coach Walid Regragui, who I will be facing tomorrow.”
The Cairo giants protested in vain against the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) decision to stage the game on Wydad’s turf, arguing that it violates fair play standards.
The CAF, however, said that Morocco was the only bidder to host the final after Senegal pulled out.
“What happens off the pitch may play a role in the final, but I will do what I can in terms of what happens on the pitch,” the 57-year-old coach said.
“It would be wonderful to win, as it will be a historic achievement.”
“We are here in Morocco to win the trophy,” the man at the helm concluded.
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