The 56-year-old insists that being the Red Devils’ mentor doesn’t mean the team automatically wins every game.
Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane hit back at Al Ittihad of Alexandria assistant coach Ibrahim Hassan after criticizing the South African tactician.
Hassan said that coaching Al Ahly is easy work and Mosimane would struggle to last just two games if he took charge of another Egyptian Premier League side.
It came after Mosimane led Al Ahly to a 4-0 victory over Al Ittihad in a league game on Monday as the Kagiso-born mentor returned to the shelter after recovering from coronavirus.
It was Mosimane’s second victory against Al Ittihad after Al Ahly knocked out the Alexandria-based side from the Egypt Cup earlier this month.
Mosimane took Hassan’s opinion in his stride and explained that his success at the Red Devils came through hard work.
“I respect his [Ibrahim Hassan’s] opinion, ”Mosimane said on King Fut.
Mosimane hit the ground running to Al Ahly when he joined the club after stepping down as Mamelodi sunset head coach at the end of September 2020.
Caf Coach of the Year 2016 guided the Red Devils at Caf Champions League and the Egyptian Cup which saw the Cairo-based giants complete a hat-trick in the 2019/20 season.
The Red Devils clinched the 2019/20 Egyptian Premier League title under Swiss coach René Weiler and Mosimane was in charge of the last seven games of the competition.
“If it was like that, then why hasn’t Al Ahly won the Champions League for the past seven years?” Mosimane asked.
“Being Al Ahly doesn’t mean we are automatically the winners of every game. We have to prepare for the games and work hard to win. “
Ibrahim Hassan’s twin brother and Ittihad head coach Hossam Hassan praised Mosimane earlier this month, saying he was a top-notch coach.
Mosimane is yet to lose a game as Al Ahly’s coach after taking charge of 14 games in all competitions – winning 13 and a 10-man draw against Pyramids FC.