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The South African strategist now says his players had trouble playing during the scorching heat in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday.
Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has blamed the weather for the outcome of the Caf Champions League game against Simba SC on Tuesday.
The African champions suffered a 1-0 defeat in their second Group A match at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in a match attended by 30,000 fans.
Mozambican winger Luis Miquissone hit the all-important goal in the 31st minute, exchanging a double with midfielder Clatous Chama before unleashing a shot with his right leg that passed Al Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy and fell to the ceiling of the net. .
The South African strategist has now said that he did his best to win the match, but the weather conditions were not favorable for them as they are not used to playing matches at that time.
“We were trying to figure out how to go with our opponents and we knew it from the beginning, which made us increase our efforts on the field,” Mosimane told reporters after the match.
“Because of what happened they [Simba] It should be commended, but we didn’t lose on tactics, it was the weather that was not pleasant for us.
“The afternoon weather for us is not friendly, so we worked very hard to get the best result, but to be honest, the environment was not friendly with us, we still have work ahead and we still have games, so we don’t we have surrendered “.
In a separate interview, Mosimane explained his dissatisfaction with Caf’s decision to allow fans to attend the Group A match, saying that what happened in the game never happened anywhere in the world.
“We have to be professionals after any defeat, but the match could be held in better circumstances,” Mosimane told the club’s official website.
“I am a professional coach and I have no comment on the attendance of the fans since it was Caf’s decision, but what happened today [Tuesday] it didn’t happen anywhere in the world. “
The reigning Tanzanian Continental League champions started the game better, denying the Egyptians possession. Their confidence levels were good and the presence of the fans made it even easier.
Miquissone had a real chance in the game after just five minutes when Clatous Chama slipped him into the danger zone. However, his touch was strong, allowing the goalkeeper to make a save.
In the 31st minute, the home team had something to celebrate when Miquissone broke loose in the 18-yard box and unleashed an unstoppable shot that hit the crossbar before bouncing off the net.
Simba now leads the group with a maximum of six points, while Al Ahly is second with three points, the same as AS Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that beat Al Merrikh of Sudan 4-1 in Tuesday’s match. .