Sunday 29 November 2020
Books – Ayman Gilberto:
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) published a video, part of the statements of South African Pitso Musimane after the final match of the century between Al-Ahly and Zamalek in the African Champions League, in which he praised the mentality and strength of Al-Ahly.
Musimani led Al-Ahly to win the CAF Champions League for the ninth time in its history, the first since 2013 and the second in his history as a coach after the 2-1 victory over Zamalek in the final at Cairo Stadium.
Musimani said in statements after the meeting with Zamalek, “Caf” posted a clip of it through his accounts on social networking sites hours ago, “It has been a long time, 7 years, I thank the players, the technical staff, my family and Al-Ahly fans. It was wonderful, I thank our Lord.”
He continued, “I think that the Zamalek coach did a very wonderful job. He studied our way of playing and was able to disrupt our usual way of playing. We were deprived of the easy circulation of balls, especially in the first half, and he was able to possess the ball as well.”
He continued, “In football, we play two halves. In the second half, I modified my technical way. I told the players to press hard on the midfield, not to be afraid and to retrieve the balls, as the opponent’s prestige was imposing itself on them.”
He added, “We changed our method, we had the spirit, the opponent’s players collapsed a little, they started to fall to the ground, I felt that they were mentally tired, and they felt close to losing.”
And he stressed, “I told the players, let’s give them a knockout now, as happens in boxing, in the last rounds, when you see your opponent suffer.”
“We pressed hard, with the strong mentality of Al-Ahly. Al-Ahly is strong.”
“But you know the most beautiful thing in the derby ?, the beautiful goals, the Shikabala goal, and the goal of Afsha was very good, they hit the crossbar and we too, in the end we won,” he said.