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Pitso – We’re Not Thinking About Potential Chiefs Final

Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has insisted he is not thinking about who he is facing between Kaizer Chiefs or Wydad Casablanca in a potential CAF Champions League final, but focussed on Al Ahly’s second leg against Esperance.

The South African tactician and his side have one foot in the final after beating Esperance 1-0 away from home last week.

Despite Al Ahly potentially facing the winner between Chiefs and Wydad in a possible CAFCL final, Mosimane insisted it would be a huge mistake to talk about the final before actually qualifying for it.

“We will cross the bridge when we get there,” he told reporters

“We can’t talk about the final. The biggest mistake for the coach is to talk about the final while they have a semi-final ahead of them.”

Mosimane also addressed how his side will approach the second leg against Esperance.

“The return leg, of course, with a goal advantage for us,” he added.

“But we all know the history of Al Ahly and Esperance. The history speaks a lot, but sometime history doesn’t say much.

“What’s important for us is to protect our lead. How do you protect the lead? By scoring. And how do you protect the lead? By making sure that the opponents don’t score. Those are the only two solutions you need to have tomorrow.

“In my opinion it’s going to be a very open game from the first minute because I would expect the opponent try to score and we are playing at home, so we will have to score. 

“So it should be a good game to watch because it will be open.”

Al Ahly could reach their second successive final, if they manage to defend their first-leg lead.

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