By Boris Esono N
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Pitso “Jingles” Mosimane will be making his first return to South Africa to face his former club Mamelodi Sundowns after the two sides were paired against each other for the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League.
The draw for the quarter-finals took place this April 30. Al Ahly will host the first leg against Sundowns with the return leg some six days later in South Africa.
The first leg matches are expected on May 14 and 15 while the second leg matches will be played on May 21 and 22.
Al Ahly is the most successful club in the CAF Champions League with a total of nine titles, with the last coming in 2020. For Mamelodi Sundowns, the team has won just one title and that came in 2016.
Mosimane is one of the longest-serving and most decorated coaches in all of South African football, having won multiple major trophies with SuperSport United between 2001 and 2007 and Mamelodi Sundowns between 2012 and 2020. He won five Premier League title with Sundowns consisting of three consecutive titles between 2018 and 2020.
The prolific coach has not lost his touch since moving to Egypt. He won the Egyptian Premier League title in addition to the Egyptian Cup and CAF Champions League, all during the 2019-20 season. Interestingly, Pitso took Al Ahly to third position at the FIFA Club World Cup.
Pitso Mosimane is said to be the primary target for the South African Football Association after the sacking of Molefi Ntseki upon the failure to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Mosimane has made it clear he has no intention of leaving Al Ahly for the vacant South African top job.
Director of Football at Al Ahly, Sayed Abdel-Hafiz told Al Wash Al-Thani Radio station: “Al Ahly hasn’t received anything official regarding Pitso Mosimane. Mosimane has settled his future with the club and confirmed that he will continue with Al Ahly in the upcoming period.”
It promises to be an exciting come back for Pitso and an interesting game between Sundowns and Al Ahly as both sides look to qualify for the semi-finals of the competition.
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