Al Ahly president Mahmoud El-Khatib has revealed details of his first conversation with Pitso Mosimane during the South African's time at Mamelodi Sundowns.
Speaking at a general conference on Monday, Ahly president El-Khatib praised the efforts of Mosimane and his team's accomplishments over the last year during which the club retained its status as champions of Africa.
Pitso was among those honoured earlier this year after guiding the Club of the Century to a record-extending 10th Champions League crown
The South African tactician took the reins in Egypt in September last year just six months after his former team, Sundowns, had been eliminated by Ahly in the quarter-finals of the 2019/20 CAF Champions League.
And, according to El-Khatib, it was during that exact encounter that the seeds for Mosimane's eventual move to North Africa were planted.
"Let me tell you a personal anecdote that I had with coach Mosimane during my first conversation with him after we defeated Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 in the 2019-2020 CAF Champions quarter-finals," the 66-year-old said
"We talked about Al Ahly, and I felt how much he loves the club and appreciates the club’s history. When we contacted him to become Al Ahly’s head coach, he was keen to come to the club, which he described as the 'African Club of the Century'."
Mosimane has since won back-to-back Champions League trophies with the Ahly and boasts an incredible record of 45 wins in 65 matches in charge of the club.