Al Ahly set target on top stage

AL AHLY head coach Pitso Mosimane has set his team’s sights on claiming the FIFA Club World Cup (CWC) held in Qatar.

“It always looks impossible, until it is done” said the South African boss. Mosimane made his debut appearance at the tournament in 2016 with then South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions Mamelodi Sundowns. After exiting the tournament in its early stages Mosimane has returned, and he has high hopes with the Egyptian side.

The African champions faced Al Duhair in their opening tournament fixture and arised 1-0 victors in the clash.

Al Ahly, with 60 million fans in the Arab world and the most titles of any African club, are looking to convert their dominance over Africa into a seat on top of the world.

Mosimane’s soldiers could become the third-ever African side to reach the final of the tournament should they defeat their European counterparts Bayern Munich in the FIFA CWC semi-finals. 

“I was brought here because of the titles that I won because I’ve defeated Al Ahly twice and one of the top teams here in Zamalek. And they know me. They know my name … it has nothing to do with colour or politics.” said Mosimane.

Mosimane is yet to lose a match in 22 games since beginning work in Cairo in October 2020. 

“Can you believe that somebody from the township like me, from the background of apartheid, from the humble beginnings, can be the first person to win the Champions League in South Africa? And win it twice and become coach of the year on the continent.” He added

The ex-Bafana Bafana coach relishes another opportunity to disrupt the sporting world by leading the Egyptians to their first ever Club World Cup title. Mexican side Tigres taking on South American champions Palmeiras in the other tie semi-final fixture.

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