Mahmoud El-Khatib: Al Ahly left blindsided by Pitso Mosimane departure

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In June, South African coach Pitso Mosimane brought an end to his near-two-year affiliation with Egyptian giants Al Ahly after resigning from his position as head coach.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns boss won five major honours during his time in Cairo, including two CAF Champions Leagues, two CAF Super Cups and the Egyptian Cup, and caught many by surprise with his decision to part ways with the Red Devils.

He has since been replaced by Portuguese tactician Ricardo Soares but Ahly chairman Mahmoud El-Khatib revealed that he and the club were taken by surprise by Mosimane’s decision.

"Pitso Mosimane has achieved history that no one can deny, and the numbers prove it, but who is responsible for the campaign against him?" El-Khatib said, per KingFut.

"He was in Morocco attending a training programme, and we spoke to him and asked him to explain to us the support he needs for the league.

"But we were completely blindsided when he told us that he was, physically and psychologically, unable to continue as the team’s head coach.

"We gave him 24 hours to think about his decision and after that period he decided to part ways with us in the end."

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