Monday Jun 21, 2021. 13:00
Al Ahly legend Emad Meteb has praised the team’s current manager Pitso Mosimane for masterminding an away win over Esperance de Tunis in the CAF Champions League this past weekend.
Ahly, the reigning African champions, took a major step toward appearing in the CAFCL final for a second successive season after claiming a narrow 1-0 win over Esperance in Rades, Tunisia in the first leg of their semifinal tie on Saturday evening.
Mohamed Sherif struck midway through the second half for the Red Devils, who shrugged off pre-match clashes between supporters which saw the kick-off postponed for an hour.
Meteb was impressed with the way the Al Ahly officials and coaching staff dealt with the situation and their decision to play the game either way.
“Personally, I love playing in front of big crowds, and [club president Mahmoud] El-Khatib’s decision to play the match today against Esperance in these difficult circumstances is a decision only big personalities who bear true responsibilities can make,” Meteb told OnTime Sport TV, as quoted by KingFut.
“Mosimane respected Esperance without exaggeration or underestimation, and the presence of El-Khatib at the head of Al-Ahly’s mission in Tunisia was an important factor in winning victory and returning from Rades with a precious win.”
Meteb added, “Mosimane refused to attack against Esperance in the first leg, and played a match with great balance and relied on the right players and the best method. The Reds were the most dangerous throughout the match and deserved to win.”
Ahly will look to wrap up the tie on Saturday 26 June in Cairo and set up a final on 17 July against either Kaizer Chiefs or Wydad Casablanca.