Monday May 24, 2021. 09:00
Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has admitted that he feels “bitter” over insults from fans of his former team Mamelodi Sundowns.
Mosimane masterminded a 3-1 aggregate triumph for Ahly over ‘Downs in the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League, with the Egyptian side claiming a 1-1 draw in the return leg in Tshwane this past Saturday.
However, instead of being a welcome return to his former stomping ground (Mosimane was in charge of Sundowns from 2012 to September of last year and led the club to numerous honours, including their first-ever Champions League title), the former Bafana Bafana coach was the target of insults and ill-treatment from Sundowns fans.
“I remember the first time I came here [Lucas Moripe Stadium] with Mamelodi Sundowns to play against SuperSport United, I was emotional little bit emotional because I spent seven years at SuperSport United but we’re professionals and this is a game of football,” the 56-year-old told the post-match news conference, as quoted by Ahram Online.
“But I was little bit emotional only when I saw the placards outside and they stop the bus and all these people swearing at me, swearing at my mother.
“I said to myself, ‘What else I should have done for this team to get the respect?’ But it’s football I understand and I know the person who did that. And I know the person who is behind that.
“Just bitter because I left, I had to move on with my life, there’s more, I don’t want to talk, the things that I’ve received before my match from South Africa, if I show you my phone, correspondence I’ve received, emails I’ve received, they just don’t let me go,” he added.
Mosimane’s next challenge will be attempting to win the CAF Super Cup against RS Berkane on Friday 28 May, before next month brings the Champions League semifinals against Esperance de Tunis.