Ahly legend sends Pitso clear message

Pitso Mosimane

Al Ahly legend Taha Ismail has offered some advice to head coach Pitso Mosimane after a subdued start to the new season.

Mosimane has already engraved his name into the history books of the Egyptian giants with two consecutive CAF Champions League titles and a bronze medal at the FIFA Club World Cup, but he's now come under immense pressure.

After losing the Egyptian Premier League title to fierce rivals Zamalek, for the first time in five years, and the Egypt Super Cup defeat Tala'a El-Gaish, the expectations to win silverware this season has become even greater.

The pressure was somewhat eased with the 1-0 win over ENPPI in the Egypt Cup round of 16 but Ismail, who starred for the club for 13 years feels it's time for Mosimane to show some tactical flexibility to combat the defensive sides in Egypt.

"During ENPPI’s game, Al Ahly had new elements that added to the overall speed of the build-up, including Miquissone and Abdelkader, and I think if Ammar Hamdi played he would have made it even better," he said, as per KingFut.

"The wasted chances remain a problem though, it should be a major part of the team's training.

"In the African competitions, the matches are more open, there are more spaces, which is something you rarely find in the domestic league and cup, in this case, you need alternative strategies.

"Mosimane reached the peak with Al Ahly, he’s won the CAF Champions League, CAF Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup bronze medals.

"It's natural to have a drop in performance due to the loss of motivation, which is the reason why we are seeing new faces on the pitch."

Ahly's next challenge arrives in the Champions League first round when they travel to Niger to face USGN on 15 October.

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