Ahly legend lauds Pitso ahead of CL final

CAF Champions League

Egypt legend Wael Gomaa has explained why Pitso Mosimane offers Al Ahly a better chance of winning the CAF Champions League than Rene Weiler.

Mosimane is 90 minutes away from securing their record ninth Champions League title when they face off against Zamalek SC on Friday in the game dubbed the Derby of the Century.

While Zamalek, who arguably boast the best squad in Africa at present, are chasing their sixth title, Gomaa suggests that Mosimane has given the Red Devils the edge.

The club legend who won 28 major titles, which includes six Champions League winners medals over 13 years feels the organisation the former Mamelodi Sundowns boss has implemented trumps that of his predecessor Weiler.

"The final is difficult for Al-Ahly and Zamalek, Al-Ahly has confidence in itself and its capabilities, and its players are able to deal better," the three-time Africa Cup of Nations winning defender told Yallakora.

"We can see Mosmiane and the touch he's added to the team since he took over the management of the squad from Swiss Rene Weiler.

"He's imposed a state of organisation. The South African coach is able to win the championship, a point that distinguishes him from coach Weiler, who was playing [too] openly."

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When pressed about the absence of Kahraba, Saleh Gomaa and midfielder general Aliou Dieng due to Covid-19, as well as the decision from CAF and the EFA to play the game behind closed doors, the 45-year-old reiterated his confidence in the five-time South African league winner. 

"Mosimane is able to play against Zamalek with the squad he has available to him. Al-Ahly is able to win the championship and [it will] be a joy for all Al Ahly fans."

The Club of the Century and the White Knights will do battle for the crown as African champions at 21h00 on Friday at the Cairo International Stadium with the once-off final going straight to penalties should scores be level after 90 minutes.

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