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Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane admits to conflicting emotions after punishing Kaizer Chiefs

19 July 2021 - 15:03 By Marc Strydom
Pitso Mosimane celebrates with Mohamed Moursy Afsha of Al Ahly after their first goal.
Pitso Mosimane celebrates with Mohamed Moursy Afsha of Al Ahly after their first goal.
Image: Fareed Kotb/BackpagePix

Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane admitted conflicting emotions having steered his team to their Decima with a convincing 3-0 win against 10-man Kaizer Chiefs in Saturday night’s Caf Champions League final at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca.

Mosimane said‚ while the win was important for Ahly as they defended their title and lifted the trophy for a historic 10th time‚ he did feel a touch of regret that it came against the team of his country‚ and who he had supported as a child.

Mosimane said he had always been close to Chiefs‚ as his uncle‚ Gabriel “Tikkie” Khoza‚ played for the team.

“I feel conflicted because I played the team from my country‚ firstly. Secondly, I played against the team that I supported as a youngster‚” the former Mamelodi Sundowns boss‚ who became the second-placed coach in Champions winners’ medals with a third title‚ said.

“My history with Kaizer Chiefs as a youngster has been big because my uncle played for Chiefs. Doctor Khumalo’s dad [Eliakim ‘Pro’ Khumalo] used to take me in his kombi to the games and training sessions as Chiefs.

“I grew up on the same street as the chairman of Chiefs‚ Kaizer Motaung. I used to stop him on the road when we were playing football‚ in his [Ford] Mustang. So there’s a lot of history and respect also for the team.

“But‚ ja‚ I think they have done well. If I was Kaizer Chiefs I would be very proud of the team because look where they have arrived. And nobody just arrives in the Champions League final — it’s not easy.

“So Hamdullah [praise to God] they came and we won the trophy.”

Chiefs held their own in the first half but had attacker Happy Mashiane sent off in added time for a rash challenge on Akram Tawfik. Ten-man Chiefs were easily outgunned in the second half.

Ahly’s goals came from Mohamed Sherif (53rd minute)‚ Mohamed Magdy Afsha (64th) and Amr Al Sulaya (74th).