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How Pitso Made Al Ahly Change Their Strategy

They have had a new coach every year for the last three years, but Al Ahly President Mahmoud El Khatib revealed why that trend stopped when Pitso Mosimane came along.

In the current Al Ahly board's four-year term, which is led by El Khatib, the Red Eagles have had three coaches in Patrice Carteron, Martin Lasarte and René Weiler, all who have only lasted one season in the Ahly hot seat.

However, this policy changed when the club hired Mosimane back in October 2020, with the club handing the former Mamelodi Sundowns man a two-year contract.

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With ‘Jingles’ delivering on his mandate just a few months in winning the CAF Champions League and the CAF Super Cup, Captain ‘Bibo’ has revealed why the club of the century bucked the trend for the 56-year-old.

"After the COVID-19 pandemic, Weiler wanted to be with his family and that is what we felt so we decided to sign a manager who can lead the club's long-term project," El Khatib told Al Ahly’s official website.

"Therefore, we signed Pitso Mosimane for two seasons, which was different to the strategy of signing the manager for one season, the strategy we followed in the past period. 

"We decided to sign Mosimane for two seasons to give him a chance to build the team and achieve our ambitions. Mosimane is a great manager and he has much experience in African football,” he explained.

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Al Ahly currently sit in second position in the Egyptian Premier League, behind first placed El Gouna, after Mosimane saw his perfect start to the season come to an end with a 1-1 draw against Wadi Degla on New Year’s Day.

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