The reason behind Pitso Mosimane's shock departure from Egyptian giants Al Ahly has been revealed.
On Monday, Egyptian Premier League side Al Ahly announced that the club had parted ways with head coach Pitso Mosimane, bringing the South African's near-two-year reign to an end.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns boss has since been replaced by Samy Komsan, who has assumed the mantle on an interim basis.
Mosimane's departure comes just three months after he penned a contract extension with Ahly, and the Red Devils revealed that it follows a request from him to leave the club.
"Al Ahly and Pitso Mosimane reached an agreement to part ways," Al Ahly said in an official statement on Monday.
"Mahmoud El-Khatib, the club's president, held a meeting with Yassin Mansour, the chairman of Al Ahly Football Company, Hossam Ghaly, the club's board member, and the Planning Committee members, to discuss Mosimane's future with the club.
"During the meeting, they all decided that he should continue his mission with Al Ahly as a result of the achievements he managed to accomplish during the previous period.
"However, during the meeting that was previously held, Mosimane requested to leave and that he is satisfied with the achievements he managed to accomplish with the club.
"Later on, Mosimane's decision was discussed and it was decided to approve his request and to thank him for the achievements that he accomplished with the club."
During his spell in Egypt, Mosimane guided Al Ahly to two CAF Champions League trophies, two CAF Super Cups and an Egyptian Cup.
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