Pitso Mosimane Al Ahly

Al Ahly have parted ways with coach Pitso Mosimane. Photo: Twitter @AlAhlyEnglish

Pitso: I gave my medal away after CAF Champions League final

Pitso Mosimane says he doesn’t play for silver after confirming he gave his medal away after losing the CAF Champions League final.

Pitso Mosimane Al Ahly

Al Ahly have parted ways with coach Pitso Mosimane. Photo: Twitter @AlAhlyEnglish

Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly disappointingly finished as CAF Champions League runners-up after losing 2-0 to Wydad Athletic Club in the final played at Mohamed V Stadium on Monday.

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Wydad coach Walid Regragui promoted El Moutaraji from the bench for the title decider and it proved to be a masterstroke as he scored after 15 and 48 minutes in Casablanca. Al Ahly, seeking a record third straight title, had plenty of possession but could not break down the defence of their opponents.

At the post-match medal ceremony, Al Ahly players were quick to remove their silver medals, and Sundowns senior coach Steve Komphela was one onlooker who took to social media to slam them for showing a lack of respect.

“It’s so disgusting watching players given medals and disrespectfully pulling them out of their necks. Lack of respect. Class? No matter how you feel, you must always maintain class, dignity and respect. So sad,” he posted on social media.

However, Pitso Mosimane has defended his players, and explained that he also gave his medal away.

“I don’t play for silver medals, I play for gold,” he told Andile Ncube during a live interview on SABC Sport.

“Don’t give me a silver medal, I don’t want it. I took my silver medal off, I gave it to the photographer.”

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Mosimane also once again hit out at CAF’s decision to host the final at Wydad’s home ground, the Stade Mohamed V, which he said also played into the decision to disregard their medals.

“Have you understood why? Where was the final played? In Morocco. Where did the CAF president put the final, where and when was that decision made,” he responded.

“You can’t tell me, I must tell my players to keep their medals. You know me I’m direct, I speak to the relevant person, direct. It’s not for public, it’s not for media, I tell you straight.

“Look at the podium, I was speaking to the podium. Normally I go there, I take my medal and I walk away. This time I was speaking to them. I spoke to FIFA and I spoke to CAF, because I speak my mind. You might not like me, but don’t dim my light. Be fair.

“If I want to the third Champions League, I work for it, don’t dim my light. Be fair, be good because everybody can see and the world can see.”

Komphela received both support and backlash for his position on the matter, but defended his stance vehemently.

PITSO MOSIMANE’S AL AHLY MISS OUT ON R40 MILLION AFTER LATEST CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DEFEAT

Apart from his failure to deliver another CAF Champions League trophy, Mosimane also missed out on adding another R40 million to Al Ahly’s bank account.

The CAF Champions League pays $2.5 million to ultimate winners, and that equates to around R40 million in South African Rands.

And this is disappointing for Al Ahly considering that they invested a lot in dominating continental football so much so they even handed Mosimane a new bumper deal in February.

Wydad won the R40 million while Al Ahly walked away with silverware medals and $1.25 million (R20 million) for their efforts.

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