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Pitso – Why I Lost My Cool

Pitso Mosimane has revealed why he lost his cool on the bench during his side’s semi-final second leg against Esperance on Saturday.

The South African coach revealed that he was not happy with a referee decision during his side’s 3-0 victory over Esperance in Cairo, which caused his outburst on the bench.

He also pointed out that Video Assistant Referee, who has been used at the semi-finals, helped Al Ahly during their victory with the referee correcting two crucial decisions after VAR review. 

“I wish all the rounds of the Champions League can VAR, it would be good for football,” Mosimane told reporters.

“Because you can lose opportunities because of the mistakes. The linesman raised the flag on his behalf. That’s why I lost a little bit of control on the bench because I could see that it wasn’t offside.

“Even the penalty, the referee didn’t give it. So thank God that VAR helped us. 

“They are a good team, you could see they played well in the beginning but once we scored the second goal it was over.

“That’s how you kill a game, because teams can still come back. How many games in football (have we seen) when teams came back with 10 against 11. 

“But our players were strong, we kept the ball well and we finished the game.”

Mosimane also admitted that his players started slowly into the game but ended up controlling the it, as they did in the first leg.

“We were a little bit nervous and anxious in the first 10 minutes, but football is not how you start, it’s how you finish,” he added.

“But we’ve got to be honest, they received a red card and it happened early in the match but it’s not a mistake to give the red card, it was a forced mistake from my players, because my player was going to score.

“The start gave them a wrong impression of the game. They started well and thought they were winning here. 

“I told my players that it’s going to be an open game and I told my players that they will have their defense high up because they will press and we played the balls behind their defence.

“We controlled the game, but it’s not about the red card because we also controlled the game in Tunis.”

Mosimane and Al Ahly will now face Kaizer Chiefs in next month’s CAF Champions League final on 17 July, with the game set to take place in Morocco.

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