Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane is confident his side can overcome Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca to lift the Caf Super Cup trophy on Wednesday evening.
The Red Eagles trained for the first time at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium as preparations for their upcoming match against Raja Casablanca in the CAF Super Cup final.
The players carried out running and ball work drills while the goalkeepers had specific goalkeeping drills ahead of the much-anticipated showdown.
“The CAF Super Cup is a final game and we have to respect it. We have good memories from that game last year. We have won it last year and we believe we can win it again,” Moismane told his club’s official website.
“Whenever we land here, we feel welcomed and a little bit ahead. It is always a good opportunity to interact with our fans here in Qatar. I hope they come to see us, just as they did when we faced Bayern Munich, Palmeiras, RS Berkane, and Al Duhail. They believe in us, support us and give us motivation.
“I have 9 players who played in the FIFA Arab Cup and they were not in good feeling when they came back. Ali Maaloul lost the final, Badr Benoun lost the semi-final and the same happened for the Egyptian national team players. We have to understand that we have 9 starters in the team and I saw them only yesterday, at the time that I have a match tomorrow.”
“We only had one training session yesterday (after the return of the international players) and we do not have a training today because we have a match tomorrow. It is tough for us, but it is our life. The players understand the principles and philosophy of how we play. We are a big team, and we will do well.”
“When you coach a team like Al Ahly, you can never complain about stress or you should not be here. You are coaching Al Ahly, the biggest team in the continent.”
“When Mohamed Sherif rejoined the team, I told him that we are waiting for you to score tomorrow. We believe in him. He was the team’s top scorer last year and he is the top striker of the team.”