CAF CL: Mosimane hits back at critics following victory against ES Setif

Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane believes his side have found their rhythm once again following their victory against ES Setif.

Percy Tau scored twice while Taher Mohamed and Mohamed Sherif scored the other two goals in a 4-0 victory against the Algerian side at Al Salam stadium in Egypt.

The Red Devils have had a poor run of form lately, failing to win any of their last three Egyptian Premier League games and scoring just one goal in the process.

Recent results were met with criticism as arch-rivals Zamalek managed to establish an eight-point lead at the top of the league table.

However, Al Ahly turned a corner on Saturday as they earned a 4-0 statement win over 10-man ES Setif in the first leg of the CAF Champions League semi-finals.

“When you create a lot of chances, you know you’re on the right track, even if you’re not scoring enough goals,” Mosimane said.

“Percy Tau and Mohamed Sherif scored because they are forwards, but Taher’s goal is the most important for me because I played him as a striker and had he not scored, I would get blamed for making such a decision.”

“We still haven’t qualified to the final yet despite the flattering scoreline, and it won’t be easy to play against ES Setif in the return leg.”

“Before the red card, we were playing well and controlled the game, but what would happen if we had won by just one goal with a man advantage? I would’ve been criticized by the media.”

“I have enough experience because I’ve been a coach for 21 years and have gone through a lot of difficult situations in the past.”

“My team creates a lot of chances, but if we struggled to do that, then it becomes a concern for me,” he added.

Al Ahly are now on the verge of qualification to the final for the third consecutive season.

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