Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane insists they have not qualified for the Caf Champions League final yet, despite their four goal advantage heading into the second leg.
The Red Eagles proved why they are defending champions after they cruised to a comfortable 4-0 victory over ES Setif in the semi-final first leg at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo.
A brace from Percy Tau and goals from Taher Mohamed and Mohamed Sherif handed Ahly a four goal advantage heading into the return leg at the Stade 5 Juillet 1962 on May 14.
Speaking his post match press conference after Ahly’s win, Mosimane said:
On the win
“We played well and controlled the game even when it was 11 against 11. You cannot be careless and get a red card in a game like that. ES Setif have a very good coach from Serbia. He’s brave. He didn’t change the tactics even after playing 10 against 11. He played with 3 defenders and 6 players in front.”
On the goalscorers
“I’ve known Percy for 20 years and I know when it feels like when a player doesn’t score. It’s not about Percy scoring today, Sherif also scored after ten games. For me, it’s about Taher. He played as a striker tonight and he didn’t score from a while. I’ve got Taher tonight, unfortunately his first goal was offside. Thank God he scored today.”
On the second leg
“We have not qualified yet. We still didn’t qualify. I’ve been a coach for 21 years. I’ve seen teams turn a score from 4-0 to 5-4. Our fans trust us, believe in us, support us from first to last minute. They always support us.”
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