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Pitso Makes Downs Claim

Pitso Mosimane was not happy about dropping two points in the Cairo derby and insisted his side need to try and not concede against Mamelodi Sundowns.

The South African coach remained unbeaten in his third Cairo derby and insisted Al Ahly rivals Zamalek were up for it on Monday night.

Mosimane’s men secured an important 1-1 draw against log leaders Zamalek, who remained four points ahead of Al Ahly but have played two games more.

“We are not happy that we lost two points. However, we won four points from six a total of six against Zamalek and we have to be optimistic,” he told the club’s official website.

“You could feel that Zamalek was playing for their pride. Obviously, they didn’t want to lose three matches in a row.

“I would like to focus on the fact that we score every game. Of course, we don’t like to concede. When we play in the CAF Champions League we have to not concede. 

“I focus on every game at a time. We were focusing on the game against Zamalek and now we will start focusing on our next match against Sundowns.”

Mosimane, though, was seemingly not happy with Egyptian Football Association for scheduling a Cairo derby ahead of an important CAF Champions League clash against his former side.

“Al Ahly is the only team that represents Egypt in the CAF Champions League and we should have everyone’s support. We shouldn’t [have to] face Zamalek SC now,” he added.

“We’ve done everything that we are supposed to do. We are the defending champions and we won the bronze medal in the FIFA Club World Cup. Now we are in the quarterfinals of the competition and we are performing well.”