Al Ahly star Mohamed Sherif has revealed what coach Pitso Mosimane told his players at half-time with the scoreline locked at 0-0 in the CAF Champions League final.
The ‘Club of the Century’ ran away with the game in the second 45 minutes after Happy Mashiane received a red card just before the break.
It was Sherif’s goal that broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute after the striker chipped the ball over Daniel Akpeyi following a defence-splitting pass by Akram Tawfik.
The striker explained that Mosimane told his players to up the speed in their play and that he exploited a gap in the Amakhosi defence for his opener.
“Mosimane told us to play quicker in the second half,” he said, as per Kingfut.
“Before I scored I saw space between the defenders and I took advantage of it to net the ball Akram sent me.”
Sherif also revealed why he opted to sign for al Ahly despite already having agreed terms with bitter rivals Zamalek.
“When I learned about Al Ahly’s interest, I played the worst game of my life, I was extremely nervous, but the deal was done in less than a day,” he said.
“Zamalek thought Al Ahly weren’t interested in signing me, that’s why they weren’t fast to finalize our negotiations.
“Despite my father being a Zamalek fan, he advised me to sign for Al Ahly, he told me they are the biggest team in Africa and it will be good for my future, and now my father became Al Ahly fan.”
Sherif has scored 21 goals in all competitions for Al Ahly this season, including six in their CAF Champions League run.