Monday Oct 18, 2021. 14:00
Al Ahly manager Pitso Mosimane has called for all CAF club games to feature Video Assistant Referees (VAR).
Ahly opened the defence of their CAF Champions League crown with a 1-1 away draw against Niger’s USGN on Saturday, in the first leg of a second round qualification tie.
The Egyptian giants claimed the lead through an Ali Maaloul penalty 19 minutes into the match, but were pegged back on 75 minutes when Moumouni Djibrilla Diori equalised for the hosts.
“We didn’t achieve our target from the game as it wasn’t easy mission to play on such [a] playground,” Mosimane told the post game press conference, as quoted by Ahram Online.
“We scored early but finally we received the equaliser by the end of the game and we defended well; I am not happy with the result,” added the South African coach.
“The US Gendarmerie Nationale have a brilliant squad and they are a good team.”
However, Mosimane feels Ahly should have had a second penalty when Akram Tawfik was brought down, but the referee opted against pointing to the spot again. Ahly’s coach believes that if VAR were in effect, his side would have had another penalty and a potentially decisive moment to seal a win.
“It’s difficult for a referee to announce two penalty kicks in one game especially in Africa. No referee in Africa has the ability to announce two penalty kicks in one game,” Mosimane explained.
“I ask the Confederation of African Football, when will the VAR be officiated in all games? If we don’t have it in all games the situation will stay as it is.
“Sometimes the referee couldn’t see all that happened but if we have the VAR that could help the referee in his mission.”
The return leg game between Ahly and USGN is scheduled to be played on Saturday 23 October, with the aggregate winners advancing into the group stage of the CAFCL.