Pitso: Why I Stopped Wild Al Ahly Celebrations
After Pitso Mosimane was seen stopping wild celebrations of his players and coaching staff following their second goal against Mamelodi Sundowns, he later explained why.
The South African collected an important 2-0 first-leg victory in Al Ahly’s CAF Champions League quarter-final against his former team on Saturday.
For large parts the game was wide open despite Mohamed Taher first-half lead for the hosts.
Mosimane admitted that Masandawana played “beautiful football” and the game could’ve gone the another way.
However, after Salah Mohsen’s 2-0 following a blunder by Downs keeper Denis Onyango, Al Ahly’s bench players and parts of the coaching staff celebrated wildly, with Mosimane trying to calm them down.
He later explained his reaction in the post-match press conference on Saturday night.
“When you win you need to keep humility, because the day you lose, people must remember the day you were humbled,” the South African said.
“By the way, this is a team I have played for, I’ve worn the jersey of this team. I’ve won three trophies in a row playing for this team. And I’ve won five [league] trophies as a coach.
“I’ve got so many years at the club. I’ve got big respect for the club. And the 13 trophies I’ve left with the club, mean a lot to me.
“So one goal that we score against Sundowns can never make me forget. They’ve really helped me to where I am but I’ve also contributed to where they are now. So we have mutual respect. And I’m not gonna get carried away.
“Whether you lose or win, I’ll keep my integrity and my pride and I let my work speak for me at Sundowns, and you know my work at Sundowns.”
Sundowns will have to overturn their first-leg deficit in the reverse fixture at Lucas Moripe Stadium next week Saturday at 15:00.
“IT’S NOT US vs PITSO,” Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Rulani Mokwena told iDiski Times‘ David Kappel and you can read his full exclusive interview, where he also chats about his relationship with Mosimane and how Downs will prepare for Al Ahly, why he admires Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, which advise Jurgen Klopp gave him as well as his dream of coaching in Europe, in this week’s edition – available in English and Zulu.