AL Ahly legend Ahmed Shobeir has called for calm from Pitso Mosimane after the South African coach’s outburst on Monday.
Mosimane cast an angry figure during his post-match press conference on Monday evening after he took issue with the line of questioning directed at him following Al Ahly’s 3-2 win over Ghazl El-Mahalla.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns coach was visibly annoyed when his selection tactics were called into question by members of the local media and lashed out with a scathing response before promptly concluding the session.
Former Ahly goalkeeper Ahmed Shobeir has since urged Mosimane to maintain his calm in similar situations in future and to rather ignore any questions that may seek to undermine his position at the club.
“I didn’t like to see Mosimane getting angry yesterday. I think he should have answered the way he sees fit and moved on,” Shobeir said, according to the KingFut publication.
“Mosimane’s anger in press conferences is not something I think is right. I have always praised his calm attitude.
He should take the press conferences the way he prefers, he can choose which questions to answer and which to ignore. I know why Mosimane got angry yesterday, but it’s not the time to tell the story.”
Mosimane angrily reacted to the question of why he brought on new Mozambican signing Luis Miquissone for Hossam Hassan in the 78th minute.
This was after Hassan had replaced Mohamed Sherif six minutes earlier in the league match at El Mahalla Stadium in El-Mahalla El-Kubra, in the Nile Delta, between Alexandria and Port Said.
“So Amar must play winger? So Luis must not play? Are you serious? Why must Luis not play, why? Why don’t you ask when Hussein (El Shahat) comes in? Why don’t you ask when (Ammar) Hamdi comes? Why do you ask about Luis?
“Who won the free-kick?” Mosimane asked, then, asked again, this time shouting: “Who won the free-kick? Where did we get the ball from? From Luis! Luis is a player for Al Ahly and he will play. Luis will play here. The same opportunity as Hamdi, the same opportunity as Hussein.
“Everybody plays. And I substitute everybody. I substitute [Percy] Tau, whether he scores or not, I substitute (Mohamed) Sherif, I substitute (Mohamed Magdi) Kafsha, I substitute everybody. We don’t have a star here. We have all equal good players.”
Mosimane then stands up, says thank you and ends the press conference. — KickOff