Caf Super Cup: Mosimane explains why RS Berkane is in a better position than Al Ahly


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As they prepare to take on the tournament’s debutants, the South African has claimed his side are feeling the effects of many long-distance trips.

Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane claimed RS Berkane was stronger than the Red Devils ahead of the Caf Super Cup clash at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Friday.

The South African tactician cited the travel schedule his team face as the reason they are not physically on par with the Moroccan side.

Moismane and his players left for the Middle East after facing Mamelodi Sundowns in a Champions League match in Johannesburg last weekend as they progressed to the semi-finals.

“We have been involved in four big games and now we come to the fifth and coupled with the trip, especially from Cairo to Johannesburg and then to Doha, it could be difficult for us,” he added. Mosimane told reporters, “but we’re going to try to make sure we’re ready for the game mentally because physically we’re not in a strong position like Berkane because they’re coming from Casablanca, which isn’t that far from here.

“It’s a cup final, I think that should motivate us.”

The multiple-time PSL-winning coach also highlighted why RS Berkane is a dangerous opponent given the quality he has.

“Berkane are a very strong and physical team in my opinion and they will give their all on the pitch,” added the former Mamelodi Sundowns coach. “They also have a very experienced coach and have already won the Confederation Cup.

“We also saw them play against the Pyramids in Egypt, we respect them and because it’s a final it’s a 50/50 situation. They have good players who score goals and also good center-backs, including [Sibiri] Traoré in advance; they are good players who have been playing for them for a very long time.

“Of course we want to win the cup, but we have to work on it because we have to win it. We have to play with the right attitude and we should be able to get the results we want. Nobody will. Give it to us, we have to earn it. ”

Mosimane also spoke about the pressure he has faced as coach of Al Ahly and why he and his players need to be ready for it as long as they are serving the Red Devils.

“When you coach a team like Al Ahly, every game is under pressure; there was more pressure against Mamelodi Sundowns and there was pressure against Zamalek,” he concluded. “There will be pressure tomorrow and there will be pressure when we come back, and if we can’t take the pressure then me and the players are the wrong brand.

“This brand aims to achieve, we know our expectations and our ambitions, so, we cannot run away from that.”

Al Ahly will be looking for his seventh Super Cup title as the Moroccan team are looking for their first trophy.

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