- Al Ahly has responded to Mamelodi Sundowns following the apology issued on behalf of the fans after insulting Pitso Mosimane
- The Red Devils, Ahly have acknowledged the response from Sundowns following the ugly scenes that were witnessed last weekend in Tshwane
- Ahly said the two clubs in fact enjoy mutual respect and that both they and Sundowns would overcome such challenges
Egyptian Premier League club Al Ahly have released a statement acknowledging the apology from Mamelodi Sundowns. This comes after Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane was a subject of abuse this past weekend when the Red Devils faced Masandawana.
A video emerged before the CAF Champions League match at Lucas Moripe Stadium showing a number of Sundowns fans attempting to block Ahly's bus to the venue. Apart from their attempts, insults were hurled at the former Sundowns boss with some even going as far as targeting his mother.
Al Ahly said in a statement:
“Al Ahly SC sent a letter to Mamelodi Sundowns president Tlhopie Motsepe, confirming the good relationship and mutual respect between the two major clubs. The club expressed its appreciation for the apology made by Sundowns for what Al Ahly team and coach Pitso Mosimane had suffered before and during the two teams' last match.
"Al Ahly club indicated in its letter several points, the first of which is that it did not intend to take any action regarding what happened, out of respect and appreciation for the distinguished relations between the two clubs.
"The presence of Patrice Motsepe, former president of Sundowns at the Confederation of African Football, who is linked with Al Ahly and its president, Captain Mahmoud El-Khatib, with a friendly relationship and respect since the past, prompts Al Ahly to overcome any problems or crises.”
Moreover, the reigning African champions cruised to the semi-finals after overcoming Sundowns 3-1 on aggregate.
The club added:
"The Al Ahly club, with its great history, puts things into perspective, and will not give what happened more space, especially as it is keen on the good relationship between Mamelodi Sundowns and Mr. Pitso Mosimane, whose presence Al Ahly is proud of at the head of the technical team.
"He did not wish that Mosimane, his great successes with Al Ahly and Sundowns, as a son of them, would be exposed to these abuses, especially as he is a person enjoying the love and respect of football fans, whether in Egypt or in his country.
"Al Ahly also affirmed its appreciation for the Sundowns decision to conduct an investigation to question the cause of this abuse, which reflects its desire and Al Ahly's desire not to repeat such behaviour."
Coming back to their domestic assignments, Sundowns will be looking to lift their first DStv Premiership trophy when they take on SuperSport United on Tuesday afternoon.
Coach Manqoba Mngqithi’s men have 57 points at the summit and a win will seal their fourth consecutive league trophy.
Meanwhile, Briefly News previously reported that South Africans have been left truly appalled by the way Sundowns' fans treated coach Mosimane during a recent match between Ahly and Sundowns.
Various fans carried signs with profanities directed at the former coach. A clip shared online shows the agitated fans going out of their way to show Mosimane and the rest of his team their vulgar boards.
Locals naturally had a lot to say about the matter, especially considering Mosimane is the former coach of the South African team.
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