The dust has finally settled on the historic appointment of Pitso Mosimane as Al Ahly coach. His mission is take the Red Devils over the line and win the CAF Champions League. If Pitso cannot do so this season, then he will have another go at the CAFCL the next.
Pitso Mosimane does not have a lot to prove. He will be joining Ahly as a serial winner. He has been winning a title every season at Sundowns and shown that he can manage high profile players. He can also take a team one level higher as he made Mamelodi Sundowns one of the CAFCL elites.
But there are concerns over whether he will overcome the language and cultural barriers. His predecessor, Rene Weiler did say Ahly can compete in the Bundesliga. Weiler did also point out how sensitive Egyptians players are to criticism and such. I guess the fact that Pitso was accompanied by two South African coaches will help him. Not to mention the fact that Al Ahly is thoroughly professional.
It is going to be exciting to see how Pitso Mosimane’s tenure at Al Ahly will turn out. We do wish him all the best. Nevertheless, we have to speculate over how his time at Al Ahly will turn out. Is Pitso the next Manuel Jose? Or will he quickly dissappear from memory like Martin Jol? Read our list to find out 😉
1. Pitso Will Win a Domestic Trophy
Let’s be honest, it is pretty easy to win a domestic trophy with Al Ahly. Rene Weiler did not complete the season yet left as a league champion. I don’t know if Pitso will end up winning the Egyptian Premier League because Pyramids FC and Zamalek are expected to do better – if not Ahly doing worse. Pitso will still have the Egyptian Cup this season and an Egyptian Super Cup the next as immediate opportunities for silverware.
2. No Youth Players
Sundowns became the oldest squad in the CAFCL when Pitso Mosimane was still the coach. He just loved his Kekanas.
At Ahly, he is under pressure to register immediate results. The South African coach has also made it known that he does not want to rock the boat too much. So, you can expect that he will largely work with the squad Weiler handed to him. Pitso is not going to take risks bringing through unproven players. He didn’t look like he was going to do it at Sundowns either.
3. Attempt to Introduce Kasi Flava
Pitso Mosimane revealed in his press conference that he does not watch Egyptian football. Therefore, I will advice him. PSL football is adventurous while Egyptian Premier League football is conservative. The North Africans like their tactics, key players and grinta.
This will not stop Pitso from finally trying to make Al Ahly play with a free spirit. Will 4-4-2 work for the Cairo team? Such a change will provide room for versatile players like Ajayi and Kahraba to flourish. A graceful player like Saleh Gomaa may also enjoy a redemption arc. All this will happen if Pitso gets “space and time” like he asked for. This may end up being Juan Garrido all over again.
4. Answer The CAFCL Question
Hold on now… I did not indicate whether he will answer the CAF Champions League question correctly.
Pitso is hoping to “automate” his way to CAFCL success this season. But things have changed a lot. Wydad Casablanca changed their coach and rediscovered their form. This means that the Red Devils may not even reach the final. Let’s not forget the fact that Pitso doesn’t exactly have a winning record vs Wydad.
Can Pitso Mosimane lead Al Ahly to the CAF Champions League 2020/2021 title then? He will need to successfully impose his ideas on Ahly and make them perform away from home.