Pitso Mosimane has praised his Al Ahly side after holding their own against Pyramids with 10 men and says he 'won't complain' about the growing injury list ahead of the CAF Champions League semi-finals.
Mosimane had his new assistant coach Cavin Johnson by his side in the dugout on Sunday as they denied Pyramids a second-place finish in the final fixture of the Egyptian Premier League.
However, it proved to be a hard graft as his injury-hit side lost playmaker Kahraba after 11 minutes, his replacement Aliou Badji at the break and had to deal with a red card after Amr El Solia's elbow offence was duly punished.
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The Red Devils still managed to hold their own which drew widespread praise amongst fans and the club's hierarchy for the determined spirit as they nearly sneaked the win in the dying stages against the free-spending domestic rivals.
Star playmaker Magdy Afsha, who's directly been involved in 16 goals in 37 games in all competitions also missed a first-half penalty but Mosimane remained optimistic in the post-match press conference ahead of their first-leg clash with Wydad Casablanca on Saturday.
"It was a difficult game against a big team. We lost a player in the first half and played with 10 men for 65 minutes. However, we played with a spirit, tactical discipline and kept a clean sheet for the third consecutive game," he said.
"Afsha was disappointed after the game and I talked to him. We all saw Maradona, Messi, Ronaldo and all the names that come to mind missing, this is normal in football.
He added: "My job is to help the team in the difficult moments and be calm to make them feel confident. I miss a player every game ever since I have been here but we move on without complaining.
"The most important thing in the match is our collective efforts, as we played as a unit, the players' were commitment and showed mentality. It’s better to complain about missed chances than have no chances to complain about."