Weiler: Why I really left Al Ahly

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Pitso Mosimane's predecessor Rene Weiler has revealed why he left Al Ahly on the cusp of a historic treble with the Egyptian giants.

Weiler vacated his role as Ahly head coach last week and left Mosimane in the CAF Champions League semi-finals, Egyptian Cup quarter-final, with league title already secured.

Questions were raised over his initial decision to step down at the end of the season which saw his relationship with the club's hierarchy sour quickly - in which they opted to rope in the former Mamelodi Sundowns boss.

KickOff.com understands that Weiler had rejected a new contract that would have removed his release clause, while he also requested a leave of absence and full payment of securing the title as 'homesickness' kicked in during lockdown.

And speaking to the media for the first time since his abrupt departure, Weiler admits that being the head coach of the Red Devils is a demanding experience that not everyone can handle.

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"I've seen my family exactly once since February when I came to Switzerland on a private plane in June," he noted as the 'simple reason' for his exit via SRF Sport.

"The club is huge, that's incredible. I didn't have a private life. I couldn't eat out. If he wanted to pick up his family at the airport, he would have had to dress up, but people still recognized me like that.

"And the difference in culture and climate? It was so tiring, you can't imagine it if you didn't experience it yourself."

Weiler is said to have received offers from the Swiss Super League and Belgian Jupiler Pro side Gent since parting ways with the Club of the Century.

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