Former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Matthew Booth said Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane’s win in the Caf Champions League final in Egypt on the night will be significant for him and the country.
Ex-Downs coaches Mosimane and Al Ahly face their bitter rival Zamalek in this one-legged final at the Cairo International Stadium, where the two Egyptian giants will meet for the first time at this stage of the competition.
Booth, who was part of the Sundowns team that lost to Al Ahly in the 2001 Champions League final, said the South Africans will be very proud when Mosimane wins his second Champions League trophy.
« I think there will be a big feather in his cap and the South African football crowd will be proud when it happens, » said Booth, who spoke on Thursday at the Russian Embassy in Pretoria, where South African players were playing in Russia celebrated.
« Even if it doesn’t happen, I think we will still be proud of what he has achieved and not just him but the team he has taken on. « . South African fans have gone to clubs our players have been transferred to, and the same goes for South African fans who immigrated to Al Ahly.
Former Bafana Bafana defender Matthew Booth on Pitso Mosimane and the #CAFChampionsLeague final. #cafclfinal @MatthewBoothZA picture. Twitter. com / 7JltoKd0TT
“It was a great export for us. ‘Unprecedented’ is a word we have used a lot this year and I think the same goes for what coach Pitso has achieved in a short period of time. The greatest achievement for him is the fact that he was able to give the go-ahead and make the transition smoothly.
« He changed a few things, but not the entire setup, and he recognized the work of the previous coach. This is a sign of being humble and accepting the reality of the situation. ”
Former Bafana Bafana trainer Gordon Igesund shared Booth’s views and said that all South Africans should support Mosimane.
“I am very proud of Pitso. I think I was one of the first to wish him well when he won the league last season, which was his fifth title, ”said Igesund.
« I think he did a great job and for Sundowns, and I’m very proud of him. I wish him all the best in the final on Friday.
« I think he opened the door to other South African coaches because I think we have quality in this country.
« I’m not a jealous person and I’m one of those people who always want people to be okay. I’ve won four championships in the past and I know that there are always people who always want to pull you down.
“But I’ve learned that we need to hug and Pitso needs to be hugged because he did a great job and will definitely open doors for our kids. ”
Zamalek is hoping to win his sixth and first Champions League titles since 2002, while Mosimane has his eye on his second trophy and Al Ahly is close to her ninth title and for the first time since beating Orlando Pirates in the final 2013.
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