Al Ahly president Mahmoud El-Khatib has explained which manager they overlooked before appointing Pitso Mosimane last year.
The South African took charge of the Red Devils in October 2020, and has since gone on to claim an impressive five trophies.
Speaking in a recent interview, the club's president revealed how Mosimane's appointment came about following Rene Weiler's exit, and that ex-Argentina international Rodolfo Arruabarrena was a strong candidate prior to the board looking at the ex-Mamelodi Sundowns boss' list of achievements.
"Weiler was a good coach, but he left for family reasons, his family wanted him to stay with them, so he had to make that choice," El-Khatib told ONTime Sports.
"Before Weiler's last trip to visit his family, I told him we had to renew his contract before a certain date or we will have to part ways. I was worried because we were at a difficult stage in the CAF Champions League.
"Rodolfo Arruabarrena [ex-Pyramids FC head coach] was the major candidate before Mosimane, but we wanted to look for someone who knows more about African football, someone who already has experience in the CAF Champions League.
"Mosimane's name was suggested by Mohsen Saleh and Zakaria Nasef, and when we saw his CV and his achievements, the committee agreed on choosing him.
"When we were on the plane before Sundowns' away game in 2020, I spoke to Pitso on the plane, and I felt that he loved Al Ahly, even before joining the team."
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