Pitso on Al Ahly star getting punched

CAF Champions League

Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane has commented on Mohamed El-Shennawy’s angry reaction to getting hit in the face by a Simba player.

The Red Devils ended their CAF Champions League group stage with a 1-0 win over Simba on Friday evening.

“His [El-Shennawy] reaction was normal, what would you do if someone punched you in the face. And what he did is common in the African Champions League," Mosimane said, as per KingFut.

Due to their heavy upcoming fixture list, Mosimane admits he had to make a number of changes which affected their display.

“We are happy to have beaten Simba. We controlled the rhythm of the game despite them coming back in the last 10 minutes of the match,” he added.

“We have a very intense schedule and have a lot of strong matches, most notably against Zamalek, which requires us to prepare the players properly. We played some substitutes today, which explains the slight decline in our performance.

“The seasons are intertwined, and there is no time for the players to rest. Normally we should have a five-week break between each season, even cars need rest for the necessary maintenance.

“The atmosphere in Tanzania when we faced Simba was very difficult. The temperature was very high and the there were thousands of fans despite the coronavirus, but that’s football."

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