Social media has a big impact on Ahly's decisions, says Mosimane

Mahmoud Sheleib , Wednesday 8 Jun 2022

Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has told media outlets that fans' reactions on social media impact the club’s decisions.

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The statements came when the South African coach was asked about the difference in pressures between Ahly and his former club Mamelodi Sundowns.

“Social media has a very big impact on Ahly, when it takes a certain direction, things go that way,” Mosimane told Prime Sport, according to FilGoal.

Mosimane, 57, recently faced severe criticism after losing the African Champions League final to Morocco's Wydad, missing out on what would have been a historic third consecutive CL championship for the Red Devils.

“You can’t sleep when you are the Ahly coach. The pressures and expectations are always big,” he stressed.

Since joining Ahly in October 2020, Mosimane has clinched six titles for the team, including two African Champions League titles, two African Super Cup in 2020 and 2021, Egyptian Premier League title 2019/2020 and the Egyptian Cup of season 2019/2020.

“When you win and the performance is not good, they are not satisfied, when you lose, things get worse. You have to play well and win,” Mosimane said.

“Some players are very popular on social media, and when they do not play, there are demands for their presence; and when they play and do not score or do not perform up to standards, the fans continue to love them; and when you play someone they do not like, things are reversed,” he explained.

Mosimane added that his team had the spirit, motive, and desire to win the Champions League, but in the end, they need to accept that they lost.

Furthermore, he stated that the Red Devils lost because they “did everything in the final but forgot to score”.

Mosimane also said that he has good support from the fans and from Ahly’s board.

“You will be happy when the board supports you. That pushes you forward. It motivates me to do the best and I also have the support of a good number of fans... you can hear them sing to me,” said Mosimane.

“A few people criticise me, some of them are Ahly legends. Some of them want to coach the team or be part of it and that's their right. They not only criticise me, but also the players. It's a big club and the aspirations are always high and that doesn't happen in Liverpool or even Manchester City."

“Jurgen Klopp won the Champions League once with Liverpool, Guardiola has not won it yet with Manchester City,” he added.

The South African coach has suffered from waves of criticism because of recent results and questionable performances from a number of former Ahly players, though his stats have been high during a short period of time.

Criticism escalated when Ahly failed to win in domestic competitions in a number of successive games in the past several weeks.

When asked about the conditions inside Ahly, Mosimane said, “In Ahly they just say, we must win. Don't tell us anything. Winning and nothing else in every game, and this can't always happen. Coaching always has a lot of pressure and difficulties, it takes a lot of my time and energy, and even more in Ahly.”

A major criticism towards the South African coach has been his constant reliance on his compatriot Percy Tau, who joined the Red Devils at the beginning of this season upon Mosimane’s request from Premier League side Brighton. Tau has been starting games in the striker position instead of Mohamed Sherif, the 2021 league’s top scorer, and Hossam Hassan, an accomplished striker who joined the Red Devils in the Mercado.

“The challenges that Percy Tau faces are great; some say that he doesn’t score all the available chances, but they forget that he many times creates his own chances or assists his teammates and also scores goals,” Mosimane explained.

“He doesn't score as much as we'd like and that's the challenge, but he's a good football player," he stressed.

“The team’s strikers do not score many goals. Everyone demands that Hossam Hassan plays, but he does not score and they demand that he be given more time, as well as Mohamed Sherif, who scored many goals last season, but he does not do so this season,” he added.

On Tuesday, Mosimane held a meeting via Zoom with Ahly’s board and is expected to talk in person to Ahly president Mahmoud El-Khatib as soon as he arrives from Morocco after completing a training course.

Mosimane has a busy schedule as Ahly will play in the Egyptian Cup on 12 June. Three days later, they will face Eastern Company in the league before facing archrivals rivals Zamalek on 19 June, in a consequential game in the title's race, and could possibly decide the coach's future with the Red Devils.

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