Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane opened up about the immense pressure that comes with training the North African giants.
Pitso Mosimane joined Al Ahly in October 2020 from Mamelodi Sundowns following a trophy-laden spell at the club in which he guided the Brazilians to league and cup honors while leading them to the crown of the CAF Champions League.
Despite the beast awakening at Mamelodi Sundowns and the Pretoria squad turning into the dominant club in South Africa, Mosimane claims the pressure he put on the Brazilians to win is nothing compared to that at what he’s dealing with Al Ahly.
Pressure in Al Ahly is something else – Pitso Mosimane
The start of Pitso Mosimane’s life at Al Ahly could not have been better with Kagiso-born brains who rounded off the Egyptian Premier League almost flawlessly, triumphing in the Egyptian Cup and above all ending a drought of seven years in the CAF Champions League at the club.
Mosimane’s Al Ahly is currently atop the Egyptian Premier League table after eight games, but his rival Zamalek is one point behind Al Ahly with one game in hand. Despite his meteoric life in Egypt, Mosimane and Al Ahly are still under immense pressure to continue performing at their best.
“We have to know that it’s huge, it’s difficult. These are expectations ‚it’s pressure.” Pitso Mosimane told SAFJA at a virtual press conference quoted by TimesLive.
“If you think I had pressure at Mamelodi Sundowns‚ no my friend ‚I have pressure here. Now this is real. You draw a game, you lose a game, you are at the limit. So you have to win.
Pitso Mosimane and Al Ahly will then face Pyramids FC in a close League clash next week before flying to Qatar for the FIFA Club World Cup.
Mosimane’s Al Ahly will face Qatar club Al Dhuail FC, if they beat the hosts, they will reserve their places in the semi-finals where UEFA Champions League winners Bayern Munich will wait.