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Pitso – I Thought Downs Was Big Until I Went To Al Ahly

Pitso Mosimane has insisted that Mamelodi Sundowns cannot compare in stature with Al Ahly before explaining why he has a responsibility towards 70 million people.

The former Masandawana coach is back in South Africa, facing his previous team in the semi-final of the CAF Champions League.

Al Ahly traveled with a 2-0 first-leg advantage, but Downs coach Manqoba Mngqithi had insisted that Downs were the better team in Cairo.

Mosimane, however, has explained that he is not too fussed about who plays better and is instead focusing on getting a result to fulfil his responsibility towards Al Ahly’s 70 million fans.

“What’s important is to focus on my team and try to deliver the team to the semi-final because it’s a big responsibility,” he told reporters.

“A big responsibility for me and a big responsibility for the players. A big responsibility 70 million people who follow the team.

“The team is huge and there are a lot of expectations for me. I thought Sundowns was big until I went to the other side where I found 70 million people and the responsibility is huge. 

“My mission is to get the team to the semi-finals, not to outplay or outclass. You know I’m not in the position to, I have been in this game for too long, I’m not here to prove a point that we can play better than Sundowns. It’s not important.”

Downs have not won any of their last six knockout stage games in the Champions League, but beat Al Ahly 5-0 at home at this stage in 2018/19.

Mosimane will hope his side can once again get a result against his former team to book their ticket in the semi-finals of the competition.