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Pitso Mosimane talks Al-Duhail preparation, sends message to players

Pitso Mosimane

head coach, , revealed how his players are preparing for their game against Al-Duhail in the Club World Cup.

Al Ahly are set to face Al-Duhail in the opening game of the Club World Cup next Thursday, February 4th.

READ: Pitso names final Al Ahly squad for Club World Cup

Mosimane revealed what he told his players ahead of the encounter and he expects of his Qatari counterpart.

“Preparation match is like any other match in the league or Champions League. We prepare well for the African matches, and that is why we won the title,” Pitso said.

Pitso

“Injuries are part of the game, but the injuries Al Ahly players sustained have increased since my arrival, due to the pressure of matches.

“Also, every player wants to participate in all the games and when they feel pain, they keep playing until they’re injured.

“We will try in the coming period to find more solutions to these injuries.

“The match preparation programs are different from what they were.

“Al-Duhail is a very strong and dangerous team and has a very strong attacking line that includes very distinguished players from Brazil.

“As you saw, Al Ahly players were watching Al-Duhail matches while traveling from Cairo to Doha to study the team well. Before, this task was exclusively for the manager.

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Mehdi Benatia
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They also have excellent defenders such as Mehdi Benatia, the former Juventus player.

“I warned the players from Al Duhail, but in a way that does not scare them, it’s just so they know the size of their opponent,” he added.

The winner of the encounter will face European champions Bayern Munich in the semi-finals. However, Pitso believes that talks about facing the Bavarians are very premature.

“People talk about the Bayern Munich match, but how will we play against Bayern if we don’t win against Al-Duhail?” Pitso explained.

“We must be solid against Al-Duhail and focus and produce an exceptional performance to win.

“When I took charge of Al Ahly 4 months ago, they asked me to win the African Champions League, then the Egypt Cup, and now the Club World Cup, and this is normal.

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Pitso

“I would like to tell the players to always give everything during this tournament, including teams with a high technical level and huge budgets.

“And that Al Ahly is not smaller than these teams, and the club’s value and its global image are significant.

“When you fight and give everything, whether you lose or win, you will have the respect of the masses,” he continued.

Al Ahly

“I told them that all Egyptians support them because we represent Egypt. The same goes for African fans in general.

“I hope to have conveyed this important message to them so that they understand the size of the responsibility they have.

“I played against Al Ahly four times and felt the strength of its fans, but here, unfortunately, the number will be much lower.

“But we cannot ask for more than that, because we are already playing behind closed doors,” he concluded.

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