Pitso doesn't buy Al Ahly referee story

CAF Champions League

Pitso Mosimane is not buying the story that Al Ahly are not happy about Gambian referee Bakary Papa Gassama being in charge of their CAF Champions League match.

Mamelodi Sundowns host the Egyptians at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday (15h00) needing to overturn a 2-0 first-leg defeat in Cairo.

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Gassama has endured love-hate relationship with Al Ahly fans and unconfirmed reports suggest the Egyptians have registered their complaint to CAF against the Gambian officiating the clash.

"I don't want to go to Al Ahly's unhappiness with the referee. We don't play in that space as Mamelodi Sundowns," says Mosimane.

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"So whoever CAF appoints for all our games... we are a football team. We appoint referees now? We don't want to be part of that. We want to play because the referee doesn't score goals for you.

"For me Gassama is a very credible guy. The guy went to the World Cup. Unless there is reference for them to say 'in this game he did this, in that game he did that' against them.

"I know the guy, he is professional, very strong referee. He officiated in all our games and has been good."

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