Mosimane: The better team lost

CAF Champions League

Pitso Mosimane has claimed that the "better team lost" after Al Ahly were defeated by Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League final on Monday.

Mosimane's hopes of becoming the first-ever coach to win three consecutive Champions League crowns were dashed on Monday after his Al Ahly side were downed by Wydad Casablanca in Morocco, courtesy of a brace from Zouhair El Moutaraji.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns boss was quick to congratulate his opponents on the night but was vocal in his criticism of the way that the final was conducted, hitting out once again at tournament organisers CAF for effectively handing Wydad the advantage of a home final.

"The better team was the one who lost tonight," Mosimane said, per the club's official website. "When you play in a neutral ground and with equal fan attendance from both sides then you can speak about winning or losing. I think everyone who took this decision are happy now."

He added, "I do not know how anyone can say that the CAF Champions League final was well organized. I think the Moroccans are the only ones who said that."

Prior to the match, allegations were made that Ahly fans had not received their full allocation of tickets for the final, while Wydad were believed to have been awarded a greater allocation of tickets for their supporters.

Mosimane was critical of the sideshow that enveloped the match and concluded by sharing his lack of surprise that his side had failed to overcome the odds that he perceived to have been stacked against his side.

"The referee took three minutes to replace his watch and the ball boys took a lot of time to bring the balls back to the players, and that was a normal thing to happen, especially that we play at Wydad’s ground," he added. "Eventually, it was normal that Wydad win the title." 

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