Key Al Ahly man defends Pitso Mosimane amid contract renewal saga

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Al Ahly sporting director Sayed Abdelhafiz says he doesn’t know whether or not Pitso Mosimane will continue as head coach of the Red Devils.

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Mosimane has enjoyed tremendous continental and domestic success with Egyptian giants Al Ahly since joining them in October 2020, proving himself to be arguably the best manager in Africa.

In just over a year, Mosimane has led Al Ahly to back-to-back CAF Champions League victories, two CAF Super Cups and a FIFA Club World Cup third-place finish.

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Despite all that, Al Ahly and Mosimane are yet to reach an agreement regarding his contract extension, with his current deal expiring at the conclusion of the current season.

During a press conference last Friday, Pitso Mosimane addressed his contract situation, stating his desire for stability while adding the negotiations have gone on for too long.

Mosimane said that they have agreed on the salary, but there are other points to discuss.

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‘Jingles’ also confirmed that he wishes to stay in Cairo, but that it bothers him that the negotiations aren’t wrapped up yet.

Many club figures criticised Mosimane for his comments and for putting pressure on Al Ahly in such a public manner.

When asked about Pitso Mosimane’s situation, Abdelhafiz said he doesn’t know if he will leave or not, but said the most important thing to remember is what he has achieved.

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“We sent our preliminary list for the Club World Cup, and FIFA gave us the permission to make changes up to 48 hours before the first match. We will also be allowed to make changes in the event of injuries such as Badr Banoun and Akram Tawfik,” Abdelhafiz told MBC Masr TV.

“There are eight days left until the transfer window closes. Everything is possible. We have a special opportunity to strengthen our defensive line. We will think about it.

“Al Ahly were very successful under Mosimane. Frankly, he deserves something great because he won a lot of titles. It’s true that the way Al Ahly is run helps any individual who comes to work here, but it’s important that Mosimane gets what he deserves.

‘Pitso Mosimane has achieved a lot with the club’

“Al Ahly has a method and policy in negotiations. The two parties succeeded together, whether Mosimane continues with Al Ahly or not. There will certainly be a clear and explicit agreement that will be announced at the proper time.

“According to his contract, whether he decides to continue or he leaves he will remain until the end of the season. As for what is rumoured about his departure in the current period, it doesn’t make sense for us to criticize something and then do it.

“The main takeaway is that Mosimane achieved a lot with the club, whether he stays or not,” he concluded.

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Al Ahly are currently top of the Egyptian Premier League standings this season with 19 points from seven matches.

They are tied on points with defending champions Zamalek, but do have a game in hand.

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