South African Betso Mosimane, coach of Al-Ahly of Egypt, revealed the scenes of winning the African Champions League in 2020 and 2021.
Al-Ahly was recently crowned the African Champions League title for the second year in a row, at the expense of the South African Kaizer Chiefs.
7 plans to score in front of Zamalek
Al-Ahly’s coach said in statements to his club’s satellite channel, that he planned for Amr Al-Sulayya to score a goal against Zamalek in the CAF Champions League 2020 final, adding: “I trained the players in 7 different ways in order to score goals from fixed balls.”
Mosimane, who has become the second-most coach to win the African Champions League title with 3 times, continued: “Before the Zamalek match, we were planning to score one of the goals from a set ball. We plan the matches in each training session, and sometimes there are some expected scenarios.”
And he added: “We trained in 7 different ways on set balls, and Al-Sulayya’s goal against Zamalek was carried out in the same way as our goal against Sundowns, but the difference is that the ball went from the player’s head to the chest of his colleague.”
Al-Ahly defeated Zamalek 2-1 in the final of the 2020 edition, and Amr Al-Sulayya and Mohamed Magdy “Qafsha” scored for him.
He continued: “I do not specify any method that can be implemented, but the player is the one who chooses, I just give them ideas and they implement, I do not know the player how to score goals, but I only teach him how to move and then he will score the goal.”
The South African coach talked about facing the Portuguese Jimmy Pacheco, the former coach of Zamalek, and his French successor, Patrice Carteron, saying: “I respect all coaches, and when I face a European coach, he is a motivation for me to prove that the African coach can win in front of everyone.”
The tenth turning point
On the turning point in the last edition of the tournament, Mosimane said: “You can only climb to the top if you go down to the bottom, and this is what happened in the Simba match, and we learned the lesson very well.”
He continued, “The loss from Simba of Tanzania in the group stage was a major turning point in the team’s crowning of the tenth title. The defeat was a wake-up revolution for all of us, and it revealed the mistakes to us, and we addressed them.”
Musimani considered that the two most difficult matches in Al-Ahly’s campaign in the CAF Champions League 2021 were against Simba in Tanzania, and Sundowns in South Africa in Cairo.