Zamalek president Mansour Mortada insists the Egyptian giants held talks with Pitso Mosimane‘s agent before the coach signed a new deal.
Mosimane had his contract extended for two years by Al Ahly last week after months of speculation around his future.
His initial deal was set to expire at the end of the current season, and there were uncertainties as to whether or not the South African coach would stay at Al Ahly.
Mosimane would eventually sign the two-year deal with Al Ahly prior to his visit to South Africa with Al Ahly last week – he will now be at the Club of the Century at least until 2024.
Now, Mortada has revealed that Zamalek were keen on bringing Mosimane on board so much so that the club even held talks with the coach’s wife and agent Moira Tlhagale.
According to Mortada, the discussions over Mosimane possibly leaving Al Ahly for Zamalek took place in February 2022 when Tlhagale was in Egypt.
Mortada said Tlhagale was dealing directly with his son and director Amir whom he told to abort the whole mission because of the respect he has for Al Ahly fans.
ZAMALEK PRESIDENT INSISTS HAVING TALKS WITH MOSIMANE’S AGENT
“I swear to God Pitso Mosimane’s wife [Moira Tlhagale] was negotiating with Amir Mortada last month for him to coach Zamalek but I told Amir not to do so because I respect Al Ahly fans,” said Mortada as per KingFut.
MOSIMANE NEVER WANTED TO LEAVE AL AHLY FOR ANOTHER AFRICAN TEAM?
Reacting to the new Al Ahly deal, Mosimane revealed that he had no intentions to leave the CAF Champions League champs for another African team.
The 57-year-old regards Al Ahly as the biggest African club, saying whenever one leaves them then it should be for teams outside of the continent.
“So, where do you want to go if you don’t want to stay here? Unless you move over the continent then it’s a different setup but beyond the borders, you have a challenge with the Europeans; they come from big teams in the gulfs,” Mosimane told the South Africa media last week.