Pitso sets sights on Super Cup glory

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Pitso Mosimane has set his sights on consecutive CAF Super Cup titles ahead of Al Ahly's clash against Raja Casablanca on Wednesday.

The reigning African champions are set to go head to head with last season's CAF Confederation Cup winners in Qatar on Wednesday in a match that will determine the destination of the 2021 CAF Super Cup title.

Mosimane's Al Ahly are the current title-holders after defeating Moroccan side RS Berkane in the 2020 edition held earlier this year, and the former Mamelodi Sundowns boss is hoping to add another winners' medal to his collection. 

"The CAF Super Cup is a final game and we have to respect it," he told the club's website. "We have good memories from that game last year. We have won it last year and we believe we can win it again.

"Whenever we land here, we feel welcomed and a little bit ahead. It is always a good opportunity to interact with our fans here in Qatar.

"I hope they come to see us, just as they did when we faced Bayern Munich, Palmeiras, RS Berkane, and Al Duhail. They believe in us, support us and give us motivation."

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Mosimane's preparations were disrupted by the late return of players who took part in the FIFA Arab Cup earlier this month but the veteran tactician is not concerned about his side's readiness for the encounter.

"I have nine players who played in the FIFA Arab Cup and they were not in good feeling when they came back," he added.

"Ali Maaloul lost the final, Badr Benoun lost the semi-final and the same happened for the Egyptian national team players.

"We have to understand that we have nine starters in the team and I saw them only yesterday, at the time that I have a match tomorrow [Wednesday].

"We only had one training session yesterday [after the return of the international players] and we do not have a training today because we have a match tomorrow.

"It is tough for us, but it is our life. The players understand the principles and philosophy of how we play. We are a big team, and we will do well.

"When you coach a team like Al Ahly, you can never complain about stress or you should not be here. You are coaching Al Ahly, the biggest team in the continent."

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