- South African boss Pitso Mosimane failed to guide his troops to a win over Ghazl El Mahalla on Monday night
- Despite the loss, Mosimane and Ahly still remain second on the log table behind log leaders Zamalek
- Meanwhile, Pitso will now ensure they beat Al Ittihad on Thursday when Ahly will play at home
Al Ahly have suffered yet another defeat as they went down to Ghazl El Mahalla in the Egyptian Premier League on Monday night.
The Red Devils were looking to close the gap to arch-rivals Zamalek, but coach Pitso Mosimane’s men succumbed to a 1-0 defeat.
After missing a number of key players owing to injuries, Mosimane drafted the likes of Amr El-Sulya and Yasser Ibrahim into the starting 11 after starting on the bench on Friday last week.
As they dropped crucial points in the past weekend, Ahly managed to carve out a couple of openings for Hussein El-Shahat, but Amr Shaaban was equal to both efforts in the first 15 minutes.
The hosts would break the deadlock in the 35th minute, with Ashrad Mohamed Sayed rattling the back of the net with a powerful effort from a distance.
In their quest to net an equaliser, Mosimane responded with a double change at the resumption of the second half when he brought in Walid Soliman and Mahmoud Walid.
However, the former Mamelodi Sundowns boss could not steer his ship to a victory as the changes failed to make yield the desired impact.
Resulting from the loss, the reigning African champions sit second on the log table - four points behind league leaders, the White Knights, with two games in hand.
Meanwhile, ‘Jingles’ will now turn his focal point to their upcoming clash against Al Ittihad on Thursday night away from home. On the other hand, Mosimane is set to face the Brazilians in the CAF Champions League quarter-final and Rhulani Mokwena has shared his thoughts. He said:
“We knew the permutations from the beginning, that we could have a trip to Algeria or a trip to Egypt because it was clear we could not play Belouizdad.
"Of the runners-up, we only had three permutations and of all the three, all of the teams in the last eight are very good teams with very good coaches and Al Ahly are the same.
“They are the defending champions, they have the pressure to win the trophy and the pressure to get to the semi-finals."
Briefly News reported that Mosimane has more than proved his worth as a coach. Of the 20 trophies the Sundowns have won, 11 were won under the guidance of Mosimane.
In September last year, Mosimane left the Brazilians to join Egyptian giants, Al Ahly. Thus far, his stint at the African team has been successful and the supporters love Mosimane.
Former Bafana Bafana manager Jomo Sono has revealed he knew Mosimane would be a great coach since his days as a player.
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