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Mosimane on Al Ahly future: I hope to stay for seven years!

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Mosimane has lifted five trophies with Al Ahly, but has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal with the Egyptian powerhouse club as negotiations appeared to have somewhat stalled in recent times as he entered the final six months of his current contract.

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However, Mosimane’s agent Moira Thlagale, who is also his wife, recently confirmed she had headed to Cairo, which has added fuel to speculation that the popular coach could finally conclude negotiations.

With Al Ahly currently preparing to meet Brazilian side Palmeiras in the semi-final of the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup, Mosimane has again made his position clear amid reports that contract negotiations between the parties would only be concluded at the conclusion of tournament in the UAE.

“…My dream is to stay for several years with Al Ahly and to be a legend, like Manuel José, who won four CAF Champions League titles during seven years,” Mosimane said in his pre-match press conference, as per the club’s website.

“I hope to stay here for seven years. This is a hard thing to do, because Al Ahly is a great club and I always do my best to meet Al Ahly’s high expectations.”

Mosimane looks set to stay at Al Ahly, regardless of the outcome at the Club World Cup

When also recently speaking to MBC Egypt, Mosimane hailed the club’s president Mohamed ‘Bibo’ El-Khatib for bringing him to Egypt, and confirmed he will ‘stay’ at the club.

“Mahmoud El-Khatib [Al-Ahly’s president] did something unexpected after many European coaches in Al Ahly went to a coach in South Africa,” he said.

“He told me that you could change the history of Al Ahly. Not many people knew me, they know me from playing against Ahly and Zamalek [with Sundowns].

“But I don’t come with the big European CV, but they knew I won the CAF Super Cup, Champions League and gone to the Club World Cup.

“He took a very big risk on me, he rewarded me and gave me a big opportunity and that’s why I’m still here. I know there were talks, but I’m here and I will be here and I will stay here.

“So I’m humbled to be able to coach a big team. I want to leave small footprints after the big footprints that Manuel Jose left at the club.”

The former Bafana Bafana caretaker coach had previously stated he would like his contract situation to be resolved before the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup, but some reports then suggested Al Ahly bosses had not taken kindly to these public proclamations.

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It’s said that a new contract between Ahly and Mosimane could be announced in the near future, while there have been reports that he could be looking at a new three-year deal worth $200 000 a month.

Pitso has received timely support

Despite growing frustration over the stalled contract talks, Al Ahly sporting director Sayed Abdelhafiz has come out in praise of Mosimane, even though he could not confirm if an agreement between the two parties would be found.

“Al Ahly were very successful under Mosimane. Frankly, he deserves something great because he won a lot of titles,” he said, as per Kingfut.

“It’s true that the way Al Ahly is run helps any individual who comes to work here, but it’s important that Mosimane gets what he deserves.

“Al Ahly has a method and policy in negotiations. The two parties succeeded together, whether Mosimane continues with Al Ahly or not. There will certainly be a clear and explicit agreement that will be announced at the proper time.”

“According to his contract, whether he decides to continue or he leave he will remain until the end of the season. 

“As for what is rumoured about his departure in the current period, it doesn’t make sense for us criticize something and then do it.

“The main takeaway is that Pitso achieved a lot with the club, whether he stays or not.”

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