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‘Why did you leave?’: Al Ahly fans call for Pitso Mosimane to return after painful Zamalek loss

Fans are calling for former Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane to return.
Fans are calling for former Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane to return.
Image: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

Al Ahly fans have called for the return of former coach Pitso Mosimane after several disastrous results and a loss to bitter rivals Zamalek in the Egypt Cup final on Thursday night.

Zamalek raced into a 2-0 lead within 30 minutes, thanks to goals by Ahmed Sayed Zizo and Imam Ashour. Al Ahly pulled one back in the second half but couldn't find an equaliser  as Zamalek looked to add more to the scoreline.

In the end it was a painful loss for the side who said goodbye to Mosimane last month.

Since his departure, Al Ahly have lost twice and drawn twice in seven games in the Egyptian league, taking 11 points out of a possible 21.

Pitso and Al Ahly both raced up the Twitter trends list after the Zamalek loss, with some laughing at the Egyptian club's misfortune since Mosimane left, and others asking him to return.

Mosimane earlier told an apologetic fan they should not regret his departure from the team.

“My brother, please do not regret my departure. Al Ahly did not fire me or push me to go. I have big respect for president [Mahmoud El-]Khatib and the entire board, including all the supporters of Al Ahly. I will always cherish all our trophy celebrations,” he said.

Mosimane explained his decision to leave the team, saying he needed rest.

“I have memories and archives (banners, chants of me at the stadiums). Unfortunately, I decided to come home. I needed this rest with my family. You now have an experienced European coach everybody should support, and I believe he will leave the jersey at a higher place than he got it,” he said.

Mosimane is currently working on his Pitso Mosimane Soccer Schools project.

Here's a look into some reactions to Al Ahly's loss:


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