Al-Ahly crossed to the semi-finals to face the European champion, by defeating Al-Duhail, Qatar, with a goal without response, scored by Hussein Al-Shahat.
Musimani said: “Al-Ahly players made us feel proud after winning and reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup clubs.”
He added during the press conference: “Al-Ahly faced a strong opponent that included distinguished players of good lengths, but we succeeded in winning and achieving our goal.”
He continued: “I wished the players appeared in the second half in the same way they did in the first, but in the end we achieved what we wanted and won the match.”
He continued: “Al-Duhail modified his game between the two halves and pushed with a second striker, but we won in the end.”
And his striker, Walter Bwalya, was supported, who scored a goal rejected by video technology: “Bwalya appeared in a distinctive way in the match. I wished that the goal he scored had been counted and the video technique canceled it. He made a great effort and replaced it after feeling tired.”
He added, “Bwalia is eager to score with Al-Ahly and is fighting hard for that, and we will all help him achieve his goal.”
He concluded: “We will work to benefit from the mistakes of today’s match before facing Bayern Munich, which needs special focus and preparation.”
Al-Ahly coach Pitso Musimani raised the pressure on his players before the upcoming confrontation with Bayern Munich.
“I congratulate the players on the victory, and thank the fans for their support for us,” Mosimane said after the match via BN Sports.
He added, “It was a difficult match. Al Duhail is a good team. We were sure that we would play well tactically. We came to play football.”
He concluded: “Of course, the Bayern Munich match will be difficult, but we will enjoy it. We have nothing to lose. We can perform well. Bayern are a great team and they beat Barcelona 8-2.”
And Al-Ahly had a chance to qualify for the final, or to play for the third place – the best position Al-Ahly achieved in its history in the tournament – or fourth.
Al-Ahly won their fourth match out of 13 in the tournament, thanks to a goal scored by Hussein Al-Shahat – who became the first Egyptian to score for two different teams in the tournament – in the first half of the match.
Al-Ahly hit a date against Bayern Munich next Sunday in the semi-final of the tournament, while the other semi-final combines Tigres of Mexico with Brazilian Palmeiras.