Ahly coach Mosimane counts reasons for losing CAF Champions League title, says ‘I am a bad loser’

Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 3 Jun 2022

Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane expressed his anger after losing the CAF Champions League title to Morocco’s Wydad last week, confirming that he will do his best to return to his winning ways in the coming games as ‘there is no success without loss.’

Ahly coach Mosimane


“I am a bad loser as I feel anger when I lose because I do more in my job to achieve the victory in every game we play,” Mosimane said during an interview in South Africa while spending a vacation due to the international break.

Morocco’s Wydad enjoyed home advantage at their own Mohammed V Stadium to beat Ahly 2-0 in the final game of the CAF Champions League on Monday, with Ahly looking at times intimated by the raucous atmosphere at the packed venue.

“I cannot cry for the four or five trophies that I lost but I can concentrate on the 18 trophies that I won as there is no success without loss,” the South African coach added.

“The biggest mistake we made in the Champions League final was when we received the first goal,” Mosimane said, adding that “I always prefer to win games.”

The 57-year-old Mosimane said that he handed his silver medal to the ball boy on the field while a number of the team’s players, including skipper Amr El-Sulaya, threw their medals on the ground after the game.

“I gave the medal to the ball boy because I always play for the gold medal not the silver one,” the Ahly coach added.

“You cannot ask me to tell my players to keep their medals,”

“I am working now to win the CAF Champions League for a third time,” Mosimane said.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns and South Africa national team coach, Mosimane revealed that it’s difficult for any African coach to be in charge of a European team.

“The Europeans are not ready for us as you cannot say Wayne Rooney is better than me,” Mosimane concluded.

Ahly will return to compete on the domestic level as they are third in the teams’ table of the Egyptian Premier League with 37 points with five games on hands.

They also reached the quarterfinals of the 2020 Egypt Cup.

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