Monday May 23, 2022. 10:54
Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane is confident that his side will overcome the obstacles in front of them to win an unprecedented third CAF Champions League title in a row.
The defending champions will be at a clear disadvantage when they face Wydad Casablanca in the final at their own Mohammed V Stadium in Morocco on May 30.
The Red Eagles’ request for CAF to choose a neutral venue for the final had fallen on deaf ears and they subsequently lodged a complaint with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the hope that the decision will be overturned.
Mosimane’s side also have a congested Egyptian Premier League fixture list to contend with and their clash against Wydad will be their fourth game in the space of just 12 days.
However, the South African tactician insists they will cope with all the pressures to lift a record 11th African crown despite the cards being stacked against them.
“There is no problem with playing every three days, this has always been the case at [Mamelodi] Sundowns and this is normal if we are competing in the Champions League,” Mosimane told the club’s official website.
“I would rather play every three days and compete for the Champions League than to play every five days in one tournament and crash out of another.
“We will fight to win the CAF Champions League. We played in the absence of important international players before under great pressure and we are used to it.
“In England, they play a league of 20 teams and two cups, but the season ends and they go on holiday before pre-season, and this is something that’s missing in Egypt.
“Why do you think we have all these injuries? Hamdy Fathi, [Amr] El-Sulya, [Mohamed] Abdelmonem, Yasser [Ibrahim], [Aliou] Dieng, and even [Mohamed] El-Shenawy. These are all muscular injuries due to the congestion of fixtures without breaks.
“I am confident that we will win the CAF Champions League. We won back-to-back titles in the past two years and 10 times in total. So why not win the 11th title?”