Pitso Mosimane says he is not bothered by the drama involving match referees as he goes in search of his fifth CAF Champions League semi-final berth on Friday.
Not even complaints from the Raja Casablanca hierarchy about the officiating in the quarterfinal first leg will distract Mosimane from pursuing his goal of reaching the Champions League semi-final.
The 57-year-old and his Al Ahly side already have one foot in the door thanks to their 2-1 victory in Egypt and they are now looking to get the job done in Morocco when they face Raja on Friday.
“I don't care about commenting on the referee, I only care about my work, we won the first leg and we will try to win tomorrow and return with the qualification ticket to Cairo. We expect Friday’s game to be a tough one, as we will be playing against an experienced team with great history. Therefore, we are fully concentrated on the game,” Mosimane told journalists.
“We were able to defeat Raja in the CAF Super Cup and in the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarterfinals. We will be looking forward to defeating them tomorrow and qualifying for the next round.”
A big challenge for Mosimane will be the absence of one of his key defenders Badr Benoun, who has been ruled out of the match through injury.
“We will be missing several key players in Friday’s game due to injury. Badr Benoun is one of those key players who is very beneficial for the team but won’t be able to play. However, that’s part of football and we will do our best with those who are available to play in order to qualify for the next round,” he added.
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