Ahly respond to Sundowns' apology

CAF Champions League

Al Ahly have released an official statement responding to Mamelodi Sundowns' recent apology for the unsavoury scenes directed at head coach Pitso Mosimane.

Mosimane was subject to vile abuse from a section of Mamelodi Sundowns supporters before their second leg CAF Champions League quarter-final on Saturday.

The former Masandawana boss was visibly incensed by the behaviour of the fans who previously adored him and questioned what more he could have done to earn respect at the club he lifted 13 trophies with.

Sundowns promptly released a statement to apologise to the Red Devils stating the incident is not a representation of the values the club holds and looked to maintain a healthy relationship with the record nine-time African champions.

Scroll through the gallery below to see more images of the events that unfolded outside the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium

Ahly has since accepted the apology with the following statement which has been translated from Arabic.

"Al Ahly SC sent a letter to Mamelodi Sundowns president Tlhopie Motsepe, confirming the good relationship and mutual respect between the two major clubs.

"The club expressed its appreciation for the apology made by Sundowns for what Al Ahly team and coach Pitso Mosimane had suffered before and during the two teams' last match.

"Al Ahly club indicated in its letter several points, the first of which is that it did not intend to take any action regarding what happened, out of respect and appreciation for the distinguished relations between the two clubs.

"The presence of Patrice Motsepe, former president of Sundowns at the Confederation of African Football, who is linked with Al Ahly and its president, Captain Mahmoud El-Khatib, with a friendly relationship and respect since the past, prompts Al Ahly to overcome any problems or crises.

"The Al Ahly club, with its great history, puts things into perspective, and will not give what happened more space, especially as it is keen on the good relationship between Mamelodi Sundowns and Mr. Pitso Mosimane, whose presence Al Ahly is proud of at the head of the technical team.

"He did not wish that Mosimane, his great successes with Al Ahly and Sundowns, as a son of them, would be exposed to these abuses, especially as he is a person enjoying the love and respect of football fans, whether in Egypt or in his country.

"Al Ahly also affirmed its appreciation for the Sundowns decision to conduct an investigation to question the cause of this abuse, which reflects its desire and Al Ahly's desire not to repeat such behaviour."

The Club of the Century advanced with a 3-1 aggregate win and will now face Esperance in the semi-final in Africa's elite club competition.

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