Pitso Mosimane's predecessor at Al Ahly Rene Weiler has explained why he refused to finish the CAF Champions League campaign.
Weiler led the Egyptian giants to their 42nd Egyptian Premier League title, the quarter-final of the Egyptian Cup and the semi-final of the CAF Champions League before his contract was terminated by mutual consent.
Mosimane was then roped in and has enjoyed a perfect start to life at the Red Devils with three league wins and a draw as well as a 5-1 drubbing of Wydad AC in the semi-final of Africa's elite club competition.
But questions have been raised why the former Anderlecht boss didn't remain to see out their quest for a record ninth Champions League crown, which he told Belgian newspaper HLN that the constant postponements during the pandemic forced him into a decision to return home with his family.
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"Corona made everything difficult," Weiler explained. "The end of the competitions was postponed again and again, at a time when I missed my family, and for this reason, I decided to activate the release clause in October.
"I would have liked to complete the Champions League adventure with Al-Ahly, but my family and my health are a priority for me, which I see as a good thing.
"Now I am enjoying time with my family, my children are happy [that] I'm back with them and I have rediscovered the beauty of nature that I spend a lot of time in."
Weiler has been liked with moves to the Bundesliga and the Jupiler Pro League since his premature exit at the Club of the Century.