Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane was full of praise for one Mamelodi Sundowns star in particular, following his side’s 2-0 win over his former employers.
Its safe to say that round one of the battle belonged to Mosimane and his Red Eagles stars, who put on a convincing display to oust the Brazilians on Saturday evening.
It was Mosimane’s first time coming up against his former side since parting ways with them in October.
After the match, Mosimane shared his thoughts on the game touching on the second leg, which takes place in seven days’ time, while singling out the young Sphelele Mkhulise, who he promoted to the Sundowns first team back in 2018.
“Sphelele Mkhulise is a wonderful player. He is similar to [N'Golo] Kante and [Andres] Iniesta. He is a promising young man, and I was behind his promotion to the first team, and today he has shown his quality,” Mosimane told journalists after the game.
Mosimane was also careful with his words about Sundowns players, out of fear that he would be accused of trying to poach his former players.
“I do not want to talk much about the Sundowns players because the media will say that I want to sign them for Al Ahly. The only player that we have already negotiated for Al Ahly was Gastón Sirino.”
“It was a difficult match, but we knew how to manage it and we have no excuses because Al Ahly is a big team. Sundowns is a great team, and their off-ball movements are good. They are among the favorites to win the Champions League because of their style of playing,” he added.
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