Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has laid the blame for his hostile reception by former club Mamelodi Sundowns at the feet of one person.
Mosimane endured another difficult return to South Africa over the weekend when his Al Ahly side suffered a 1-0 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in their CAF Champions League Group A encounter at the FNB Stadium
As was the case when the two sides met in the quarter-final of the competition, the 57-year-old was met with a hostile reception by sections of Masandawana supporters, who were alleged to have stopped the Al Ahly team bus en route to the stadium.
Mosimane, who was embraced by other supporters inside the ground, also claimed to have once again had expletive language directed at him and suggested that the tensions may have been orchestrated by the club's current hierarchy.
"I don't want to make excuses. It's a game. You must remember that people play a game to take you to a different emotion," he told the media after the match.
"At our level, I mean really guys, we play World Cup and then the blocking of what-what is a problem and that's why we lost? No, it's not about that. You know the person behind this. There is only one person behind all of this. But I'm strong in football and I've been around.
"I was at Mamelodi Sundowns [as a player] when [the club was owned by] Dr [Motsiri] Itswen, the first owner. I was here when it was Zola Mahobe. I was at Sundowns when it was [Angelo and Natasha] Tsichlas. I was at Sundowns when it was the Kroks.
"And I've been at Sundowns under the current owner [Patrice Motsepe]... So, I have played for this team and I am coming a long way with this team. You cannot break my system, and in football, I am strong and powerful in my own personal capacity."
Tensions have simmered between Pitso Mosimane and his former employers, in particular owner Patrice Motsepe, with several incidents taking place since his sudden departure to Egypt.
Sundowns in May 2021 had demanded to be paid back commission fees relating to Mosimane's 2020 contract extension.
Mosimane's comments are the latest spat in a series of public rows between the two parties after Mosimane hit out at Sundowns' handling and lack of apology after the first time he was subjected to abuse by Masandawana fans.