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Pitso Mosimane explains why he is unhappy despite being a triple history maker

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Fresh from his triple record breaking exploits with Al Ahly at the FIFA Club World Cup, Pitso Mosimane has expressed his discontent. 

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Mosimane’s Al Ahly clinched a bronze medal at the Club World Cup, after a resounding 4-0 drubbing of Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia

Al Ahly had to deal with a depleted squad

What made the victory even more impressive for Mosimane’s charges was the fact that, the Al Ahly side had to do with a whole host of senior player absentees. These absentees were due to both injuries/illness as well as Africa Cup of Nations involvements for some the players most prominent players. 

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A week before the tournament Mosimane lost compatriot, as well as off-season marquee signing Percy Tau to an injury, while the likes of Egyptian internationals Mohamed El-Shennawy and Akram Tawfik were also on international duty with the Pharos. That did not seem to deter Al Ahly and their quest to get to the podium at the showpiece event, however, as they soldiered on to win an impressive bronze medal on the last evening. 

Bronze made Mosimane a historymaker

That bronze medal was enough to plant Mosimane firmly into the history books, not once, but three times. After that feat, Mosimane became the first black coach to win back to back Club World Cup medals for Al Ahly, first African coach to win back to back bronze medals and the first coach in the world to win two bronze medals in a row at the global showpiece. One would think the former Mamelodi Sundowns mentor would be over the moon with such achievements. However, as ambitious as ever, “Jingles” was quick to point out that he was far from satisfied. 

Reveals why he isn’t happy

“I am not happy despite winning the bronze medal. I wanted one of a different colour this time, but after all, we made a huge achievement to Al Ahly and Egypt,” Mosimane told journalists after the match.

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“The positive thing is that we played against all circumstances. We came here with a lot of absences and injuries, such as Mohamed El-Shennawy, Percy Tau, and Akram Tawfik, but we showed a great spirit. For me, this year’s medal is better than last season’s,”  Mosimane added

The attention will now switch to trying to re-write that part next season, and that quest begins on Friday when Mosimane’s Al Ahly began their CAF Champions League group campaign. They travel to Sudan on Wednesday where they will take on another Al-Hilal.

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