Wednesday 24 November 2021
Mahmoud Al-Khatib, president of Al-Ahly club, revealed the scenes of the departure of Swiss Rene Weiler and the use of South African Pitso Mosimane as coach, noting that the latter did not ask for an increase in his salary for renewal.
Al-Khatib said, in the hospitality of the “On Time Stadium” program on “On Time Sports 1” channel: “The Feiler family was behind his departure from Al-Ahly.
He added, “We resolved the matter by thanking him and thinking about the alternative. I did not ask him to write a pledge to return to Al-Ahly. I did not agree to his travel and not wait 10 days for the renewal. We did not want instability, we appreciated his connection with his family and the contract was terminated very calmly.”
He continued, “I do not deny that I was concerned after Feiler’s departure because of the African Champions League, and it was important for us because of its absence from Al-Ahly’s coffers for several years.”
And he continued, “I consulted with members of the planning committee before deciding to replace Feiler. Taha Ismail’s opinion was important in the decision to contract with Mosimane. We put more than one name, and former Pyramids coach Rodolfo Aruabarina was at the top of the candidates, but my vision was a coach who had previously worked in Africa so that he would not take time.”
He continued, “When I looked at Musimani’s biography, he caught my eye based on the achievements he achieved and the African experiences he enjoyed. During Al-Ahly’s trip to South Africa, I felt that Musimani loves Al-Ahly, and is satisfied with his leadership of the team at the present time.”
He stressed: “The attack on Musimani is exaggerated and illogical. There is a group that only mentions mistakes and negatives about Musimani. Their goal is to destabilize Al-Ahly, and there must be fairness.”
Regarding the renewal of Musimani, Al-Khatib revealed: “I spoke with Yassin Mansour about the renewal of Musimani two months ago, I know that there are elections and a football company, so I postponed this matter until after the elections. He deserves it in recognition of what he has done.”
He stressed, “Mosimani did not ask for an extra penny, but he wants to feel stable, so I raised the penalty clause from 3 months to 6 months.”
And the president of Al-Ahly concluded, saying: “We offered Musimani the idea of including an assistant coach for him, and he said (if I needed, I would say, I do not want), and he expressed his satisfaction with dealing with Sami Komsa after the departure of Kevin Johnson.”