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Pitso – Al Ahly Mentally Stronger Than Chiefs

Pitso Mosimane has insisted that his Al Ahly side are mentally stronger than Kaizer Chiefs and they’ve proven it against the likes of Bayern Munich and Palmeiras.

The ‘Club of the Century’ will attempt to lift their 10th CAF Champions League trophy in Saturday’s final in Casablanca, while Amakhosi want to earn their first star.

However, Mosimane believes his side have an edge based on their big-game experience, in particular this season. 

“I believe my team is mentally stronger, to be honest, mentally,” he told the On The Whistle podcast.

“And I think Kaizer Chiefs have the physic, same or a little bit better than us, that’s why they can defend very well.

“But we have been scoring consistently in all our games, even in the league. We have been having a flow of 2, 3, 4 goals. 

“I think we have a slight advantage of experience because we’ve just played in the CAF Super Cup in Qatar, a big game. We’ve just played in the World Cup against Duhail, it was a big game. To play Bayern, it was a big game. To defeat the Comenbol champions, Palmeiras, a big game. 

“We’ve played Mamelodi Sundowns, which is a big team in South Africa also, just like Kaizer Chiefs, we’ve gone through. We’ve played Esperance, who have won this tournament back-to-back. They’re always in the final or semi-final, big games.

“So we have a temperament for big games. I’m not saying Kaizer Chiefs don’t have, because for them to be in the final they beat Simba, they beat Wydad. So they also have the temperament. 

“But we’ve been there, we’ve got a name, we’ve won it nine times. We really it for a tenth time.”

Mosimane also insisted that just because his club has won the CAF Champions League titles already, doesn’t mean his current side are not as motivated as Chiefs, who are aiming for their first.

“The difference that people don’t understand. They say ‘go they’ve won it nine times, Kaizer Chiefs might have an edge’,” he added.

“But we have a different generation, we’ve got a different Al Ahly team. The generation we’ve at Al Ahly now, is not the biggest generation that Al Ahly used to have. You know, it’s like a Man United. story when they had the mighty generation.

“We have a new generation, they are hungry, they say they want to write their own history and also they want to win the FIFA trophy this year. It means a lot for us.”