Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane says he is not worried about more trouble from Mamelodi Sundowns supporters when he takes his Egyptian giants to his former side in South Africa’s Café Champions League next month.
The last time Ahly encountered Sundowns, in the quarter-finals of the Café Champions League in May 2021, a group of supporters at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville surrounded the team bus on its way to the stadium and shouted insults at Mosimane.
Mosimane said at the time, and still maintains, that the disruption was organized from within the club. Ahly drew 1-1 at Atteridgeville to win the quarterfinals 3-1 and went on to win the Champions League title.
“I can’t worry about what’s out of my control,” said the head coach of Ahly, who won five DStv Premiership titles at Sundowns and the Champions League in 2016, before moving to Ahly in 2020.
“I was with that team for eight years, I know the team through and through. I know what happened, I know who organized it,” he added in an interview with the South African Football Journalists Association.
“The fans are told what to do, they don’t. I’ve spent my life there, whether it comes (again) or not, it doesn’t matter, it’s about what happens on the field.
“I was sworn in, even my team, people were swearing at us when players lined up to go on the pitch. Even the Sundowns players were disappointed that this person ordered them to do this.
“They swore in my language, Al Ahly players don’t understand that, I’m the only one who does. Even during the match they swore at us, at me. Is this what you should receive when you gave your life, your everything gave to that team?
“There is no team I have given my life for. Not even at SuperSport (Mosimane’s first job as head coach). I made sure to leave the (Sundowns) jersey in a better place.
“That’s what’s important… the work discussions. Look back and say ‘did I contribute?’; ‘Is there a footprint?’; Did I leave the sweater in a better place? Did the coaches who came (after me) tell them to fix the team? No they have not).
“Even Ahly didn’t receive what I gave Sundowns, but okay, go ahead, don’t worry about what’s happening and why.
“I have the FIFA World Club Cup to worry about, I have more to worry about than what’s happening on a street in Atteridgeville.”
The group match between Sundowns and Ahly, over the weekend of March 10-12, will be played at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Phokeng, with Lucas Moripe Stadium and Loftus Stadium deemed unsuitable by the Confederation of African to host Champions League matches. Football.