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Al Ahly boss Pitso Mosimane has responded to criticism from the club's fanatical social media followers ahead of his side's FIFA Club World Cup clash against Palmeiras.

Mosimane and his charges will be in action on Thursday afternoon when they meet the reigning South American champions in the third-place play-off of FIFA's premier club competition.

Al Ahly's participation in the match comes after the club missed out on a spot in the final following a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich, but the former Mamelodi Sundowns boss is excited about his side's prospects of taking home the bronze medal.

"We don't want to be negative, we are excited about tomorrow's game and we want to win," Mosimane said ahead of the match, per AS. "Our goal is achieving the bronze medal and we believe in our ability to claim victory and everything is possible in football."

"We don't look at the negative side, as our performance in the first game and against Bayern Munich was good. We are doing everything we can, and I hope we can return to the tournament once again next year."

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Despite the Egyptian giants taking part in the competition for the first time since 2013, sections of the club's massive and vocal social media following were critical of Mosimane's tactics and lineup for the clash against Bayern.

"We can't choose the line-up based on what is being said on social media," the South African coach retorted. "There are so many people communicating on such websites and I can't satisfy 100 million fans in terms of selection."

"We love our fans and appreciate them, and their existence during previous games encouraged us and they were happy but no one asked me why I played this player or subbed this one-off."

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