Al Ahly assistant coach Cavin Johnson has defended Pitso Mosimane after the coach came under some heavy criticism for his side’s underwhelming performance against Bayern Munich.
Johnson, along with Mosimane managed to lead the Red Eagles to a bronze medal at the FIFA Club World Cup after they managed to beat Brazilian outfit Palmeiras in the third-place play-off.
However, that wasn’t enough for certain factions of the fans, who were left less than convinced especially with the Egyptians’ performance against eventual winners Bayern in the semi-final.
Now, Johnson has leapt to the defence of Mosimane and shut down his detractors who were accusing the 56-year-old of not being brave enough in the tournament.
“The most difficult moments were before the Club World Cup. We played two matches and drew in one of them. But the presence of a leader like Mosimane is the one who prepared the players mentally for the tournament,” Johnson told On Time Sports.
“In the Bayern match, we were not required to be the best. We thought that we were two teams and we would fight on the field, and we did not think about the physical and tactical matters,” Johnson explains.
“We were satisfied with the performance during the match, and we were unlucky in the first goal.
“I do not know or understand where the accusations of us not being brave comes from.
“We were brave in the tournament, and if we look, we will find that we played a big match against Bayern Munich. And players like Mohamed Hany, Ayman Ashraf and Badr Banoun were the stars of that match.
“In the end, we conceded two goals, while teams like Barcelona lost by eight,” Johnson added.
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