Pitso Mosimane has hit back at Egypt legend Ibrahim Hassan after his criticism against the Al Ahly head coach.
Mosimane returned to the Ahly dugout on Monday evening after recovering from Covid-19 and masterminded a 4-0 thumping over Al Ittihad of Alexandria in the league.
After the 2-1 Egypt Cup semi-final triumph last season, Mosimane's second win over the side was less of a contest with a dominant display but it seemingly ruffled the feathers of Hassan.
The former Red Devils defender who serves as the Sporting Director of Al Ittihad interrupted the post-match press conference of head coach and brother Hossam to slam Mosimane's abilities.
But the two-time CAF Champions League winner took the statements in his stride when asked about his outburst.
"If we look at what he [Hassan] said, it applies to all the major teams in the world. Real Madrid, Manchester City and PSG but football doesn't work like that," Mosimane said.
"What I know is that football only recognises work and effort and if his words were logical, Al Ahly would have won seven Champions League titles in a row.
"Being Al Ahly doesn't guarantee wins, you need to prepare and work hard but this is his opinion and I respect it."
Since Mosimane's appointment in September, the Club of the Century have won 13 games and drawn one in all competitions.
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