Former Al Ahly player and board member Mohamed Fadl has predicted that the club will sack head coach Pitso Mosimane.
Despite leading the Red Devils to a record-extending 9th CAF Champions League crown last season and Egypt Cup glory within his first eight months at the club, Mosimane’s position has come under scrutiny in recent weeks.
Al Ahly finished second behind Simba in their Champions League group and have lost two of their last six Egyptian Premier League matches ahead of what could prove to be a defining week for the South African in his quest to continue winning with the Egyptian champions.
“Pitso Mosimane is a lucky coach and is good during big games only,” Mohamed Fadl said as quoted by KingFut in a scathing attack.
“People remember Al Ahly’s performance during the René Weiler era and the achievements of Manuel José only. Mosimane doesn’t yet know the potential of coaching Al Ahly.
“Mosimane’s management of the games is poor. We saw Ghazl El-Mahalla and Al Masry completely dominating their matches against Al Ahly.
“Pitso Mosimane will not continue with Al Ahly and the club will search for a new coach. It’s not information I know, but rather an expectation.
“Mosimane is not a coach for a team of the size of Al Ahly. They deserve a better coach than him,” he added.
The Egyptian giants bounced back with victory over Ittihad of Alexandria on Thursday before back-to-back matches against Zamalek in the league on Monday and Mosimane’s former team Mamelodi Sundowns in the Champions League quarter-finals on Saturday.
Mosimane has won an impressive 29 of his 40 matches as Al Ahly head coach, losing only four and also led the club to a third-place finish at the FIFA Club World Cup last year so this harsh criticism seems a bit extravagant.
The South African is a terrific coach with a good track record and led Al Ahly to last season’s treble so you would not want to bet against him yet in producing the goods with the Egyptian giants.
Al Ahly are currently 2nd in the Egyptian Premier League behind rivals Zamalek but the side does have 2 games in hand, which would see them move to the top as long as they win both.
The major question that remains is whether he can lead his new club to victory over his old club in his quest to retaining the CAF CL title with the Egyptian side.