Pito Mosimane, who is the head coach of the Egyptian club Al Ahly, took to the media to claim that finishing third at the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup final on Thursday was not the aim they had for the famous tournament.
The Egyptian club shocked Brazilian club Palmeiras SC as they won 3-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in the playoff match for the third place at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, and https://www.bestusacasinosites.com covered that with impressive odds for the fans.
The match ended with Al Ahly secure the bronze medal in their sixth game at the FIFA tournament as they matched their best finish in the Club World Cup having previously ended the 2006 tournament third in Japan.
The Egyptian club had to play the third-place playoff match having lost 2-0 to the tournament champions Bayern Munich in the semi-final at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan on Monday.
Speaking to beIN Sports TV after securing the third position, Mosimane said via Goal: “Well, that’s not what we came for. But we must be humble and we must understand that facing Bayern in the semis was not easy. I’m happy and proud of my team. We must be modest, but now the situation is different.”
Al Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy was prolific in the game as he made some impressive saves during the match as he was able to deny Felipe Melo and Rony a goal in the penalty shootout.
The Red Devils captain was award Man of the Match and Mosimane praised the prolific goalkeeper for his heroic acts in the game that was covered with odds by real money pokies online for the footy lovers.
Mosimane, who had previously coached Mamelodi Sundowns, said: “I thank the players and Mohamed El Shenawy, who for saving the penalties and clinching the bronze medal.
“I think we fought fiercely. Yes, we were not the strongest team in the tournament, but we showed character and fighting during our matches.
“I thank the fans for their enthusiasm and tremendous support during the tournament.”
Al Ahly will now be returning to action on Tuesday as they seek to defend their CAF Champions League title as they will be facing off against Sudanese team Al -Merrikh at Cairo International Stadium.
“What’s important is to take this performance to the Champions League. We must take it from there,” Mosimane added.
The North African giants will then face DR Congolese team AS Vita Club and Tanzanian giants Simba SC in the Champions League Group A.