AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER
THEY are singing praises on the streets of Cairo to South African coach Pitso Mosimane who has guided Egyptian giants Al Ahly to the finals of Africa’s premier club competition – the CAF Champions League.
Al Ahly overwhelmed Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca 3-1 in the second leg of the CAF Champions League semi-final. The victory gave Al Ahly, dubbed “the club of the century” – a total score of 5-1 because went into second leg 2-0 up.
Striker Marwan Mohsen, who has found a new lease of life under Mosimane, scored early in the game and Hussen El Shahat doubled the lead in the 26th minute with a world class strike which rested at the bottom corner.
The game was almost done and dusted when Yasser Ebrahim towered above the Wydad defence soon after the break to register Al Ahly’s third goal of the night. However, Wydad were given a glimmer of hope when second half substitute Zouheir El Moutaraji scored in the 82nd minute with a super strike from outside the box.
Scores of Al Ahly fans took to social media to express their gratitude to Mosimane, encouraging him to bring the Champions League trophy home.
In a post-match comment posted on social media, Mosimane said: “I want to congratulate the players for reaching the final. I hope this time we will have luck. We will see who is the winner from Zamalek and Raja, but it won’t be easy.”
Mosimane has made history. He is the first South African coach to reach two CAF Champions League finals. Should he win the trophy, he will become the first manager to score a double.