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“The decision has two sides, the first is that I am not happy to leave the club that I love and have been with it for eight years, and the other side is that this is a great opportunity that I am grateful for and to become part of a big club, I don’t know which part to choose,” Petso Mosimane, the new coach of Al-Ahly.

Al-Ahly officially announced today, Thursday, the contract with Musimani from Mamelodi Sundowns, with a two-year contract to succeed Renee Fyler.

Musimani held a different dialogue with the South African “Shoot Online” site before traveling to Egypt to take over the duties of Al-Ahly.

Musimani began his dialogue, saying: “I renewed my contract with Sundowns four years ago, and it was supposed to start the decade of the new season, but due to the circumstances of the outbreak of the Corona virus, there was an overlap between the contracts.”

He continued, “Perhaps if it had not been for the Corona virus, Al-Ahly’s offer would have come before my renewal with Sundowns, but this is not the case, when I renewed my contract, I wanted to stay with the team I love.”

But this is football that changes and I had a great opportunity.

He explained, “Sometimes I do not feel serious offers and it is just talk, but this time the conversation was that we will send the contract if I were happy, I felt it was a huge opportunity and Al-Ahly’s identity influenced my decision.”

“I also wanted to get out of my comfort zone, and to show the South African coaches that all of us can train outside our country and in a major league on the African continent,” he added.

He added, “This experience is like you coach Real Madrid or Barcelona in Europe, or Flamengo or Santos or River Plate or Boca Juniors in South America, the matter is that great.”

Musimani stressed, “Of course, the stakes are high in those clubs, and if we look at the record of coaches with them, there is no coach staying for a long time, but before I took over at Sundowns, the same thing happened at the club, but look what happened, I have been with the club for nearly eight years.”

He continued, “You have to go and believe in your ability to bring about change. I know the competitions in which Al-Ahly participates well and how strong it is in the Egyptian League and the African Champions League. I do not know its numbers in the Arab Championship, but it is the Century Club in Africa and everyone knows this well and knows how many times it won the league.” And the Champions League. ”

And he added, “I believe that any local coach from South Africa can go to train at that level.”

Why am I afraid of training Al-Ahly?

Regarding the fear of training Al-Ahly, the 56-year-old said: “Al-Ahly used to coach him for my family and he is from South America, but when I confronted him, he prepared his team in an old way, analyzed his method and won it.”

“I have faced coaches from Europe in South Africa, and in fact you see that with the analysis of matches and work, you find yourself able to face these coaches, and I am not far from them in terms of technical level,” he said.

He continued, “I believe that if I do my job well, everything will be good. It is not about courage. I have faced Al-Ahly and Zamalek back and forth several times, and these are the clubs that control the continent of Africa.”

“Why should I be afraid? I have faced these clubs before,” he said.

He stressed, “I believe that if you can write an article for a local newspaper, you can write another article anywhere as long as you master the language.”

The role of luck in training Al-Ahly

And about whether he saw an opportunity to train Al-Ahly, Musimane replied, “I did not really see it. The coach who was coaching the team – meaning Rene Fyler – was doing well and lost only once or twice.”

He continued, “On the other hand, Carteron left Zamalek, perhaps here an opportunity appeared, but in Al-Ahly I did not see this happen, but the circumstances of the Corona virus came.”

He added, “I was told that the Al-Ahly coach did not want to renew his contract after its end, and I believe that he came to him with an offer from Europe and wanted to agree to him, and from here I had my chance.”

And he added, “I will not say luck, I do not know, but Al-Ahly did not go to an unknown coach. Rather, a coach they know well and knows the African Champions League well as well, and this tournament is a great goal for the club.”

He continued, “Al-Ahly believes that they have a good team and won the league weeks before the end of the competition. I assume that if I were to leave the Sundowns training, they would have said we want a coach who knows the Champions League well.”

And he continued, “I believe we make our luck sometimes, but Al-Ahly knows me and I have extensive information about the team.”

When asked about being the first coach from within the continent of Africa to coach Al-Ahly and what that means to him, he said: “It means a lot to me.”

He continued, “I said to myself, who do you think you are? Who am I? For more than 100 years no one had this opportunity and then it came to me, I feel proud and humbled to have it.”

Talk to Micho

When asked about the duration of the contract, he replied, “It will last for two years.”

And whether he is worried about that short period, Musimani said: “It is not important for the contract period, but rather that I do well. There are a lot of coaches who get a five-year contract and then leave.”

He added, “As for me, if you do a good job, I will renew my contract. You lead your luck and the product of your work keeps you in your place.”

He explained, “I coached two teams in South Africa, Super Sport United and Mamelodi Sundowns. I do not move much between clubs, I may feel loyal to my team or this is the right thing, but I am not concerned about the length of the contract with Al-Ahly, and I know the history of the club well.”

Musimani revealed his talk with former Zamalek coach Micho to his former coach, Orlando Pirates, in South Africa, before Al-Ahly training, and said: “Micho told me what an opportunity to train Al-Ahly.”

Musimani completed his lengthy dialogue, “Micho encouraged me and motivated me and told me not to think twice and take advantage of the opportunity, and if everything goes well, there is nothing to lose, but you will win a lot.”

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