‘Mosimane was truly a genius’ – Pitso earns high praise from ex-Al Ahly boss

Jingles has been lauded for showing great tactical knowhow during his stint in Cairo

Pitso Mosimane has been termed a tactical ‘genius’ by former Al Ahly director of football Sayed Abdelhafiz who was wowed by his two-year spell at the club.

Mosimane joined the Cairo giants in October 2020 after eight trophy-laden years at Mamelodi Sundowns and delivered two CAF Champions League crowns, as many CAF Super Cups as well as the Egyptian Cup.

His spell at the club ended on a sour note when he lost the Champions League final to Wydad Casablanca but Abdelhafiz, who was among those who lured Mosimane to the club, has nothing but praise for him.  

“He [Mosimane] is simply world-class,” Abdelhafiz told MBC Masr, as reported by iDiski Times.

Pitso Mosimane at Al Ahly. Photo: Imago
Pitso Mosimane at Al Ahly. Photo: Imago

The former Al Ahly boss was wowed by Mosimane’s football knowledge 

“I really enjoyed working with him in terms of the football knowledge he had and how he managed games.

“He won the Champions League with two different clubs. Of course, most managers will likely win a trophy with Al Ahly.

“But to win two Champions League titles and just miss out on the third one, albeit under controversial circumstances, is still a remarkable achievement.”

Abdelhafiz then revealed how he was taken aback by Jingles’ tactical knowhow with his preparation for big games a class above the rest.

‘When it came to big games, Mosimane was truly a genius’

“Usually, he spent around five or six years at clubs he managed and he was only here for two years unfortunately but he was brilliant,” he added.

Pitso Mosimane

“When it came to big games, Mosimane was truly a genius in how he managed them.”

Mosimane left Al Ahly and joined Saudi side Al Ahli Jeddah who he helped secure promotion back to the top flight with five matches to spare.

He would join Abu Dhabi-based Al Wahda but spent just five months after which he returned to Saudi to manage Abha.

Despite a good start, he was not able to save the club from relegation, but recently expressed a desire to return to the Gulf if another opportunity arises.

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