Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Egypt Press & Information Office
Ambassador Ahmed El Fadly, Egypt’s newly designated Ambassador to South Africa, called Pitso Mosimane, the former head coach of South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns football club, before the latter’s flight from Johannesburg to Cairo to assume his new position as head coach of Al Ahly football club following the departure of the former coach René Wheeler.
Ambassador Designate El Fadly contacted Mosimane and his coaching team before they departed to Egypt and congratulated him on being the first African coach of Al Ahly football club and the first South African coach in the Egyptian Football League. El Fadly pointed out that Mosimane’s appointment is a practical application in the field of sport of what African leaders have always asserted regarding the need to ensure that Africa is for Africans in all fields, adding that this appointment will open the path for more reliance on African coaches in Egypt especially in light of what African players have proven in their encounters on the field with their Egyptian brothers. El Fadly also added that in this context there was a huge rnsibility on Mosimane to contribute from his new position to strengthening the relations between Egypt and South Africa on the popular level given the large fan base of both Al Ahly and Mamelodi Sundowns in the African Continent.
Ambassador Designate El Fadly assured Mosimane of his confidence in the latter’s ability to fulfil his new task given the big achievements he had with Sundowns including winning the African Champions League and the African Super Cup, and wished him success in his new position.
Thanking Ambassador Designate Ahmed El Fadly for the assistance given to him by the Embassy of Egypt in Pretoria, Pitso Mosimane also congratulated the former on his designation as the new Ambassador of Egypt to South Africa, and expressed that he was honoured to have been chosen as the new head coach of Al Ahly, and that he was aware of the huge responsibility that has been placed on his shoulders and was eager to begin his new task, promising to spare no effort to make the club and its fans proud of the results he will achieve with them.
Mosimane also released a statement to the fans of Mamelodi Sundowns before departing South Africa where he expressed his sadness at leaving the club after 8 years in which he won the ABSA league five times, and that this opportunity would not have come to him had he not been part of the team that led Mamelodi Sundowns in winning the African Champions League and reaching the Club World Cup finals.
Issued by: Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Head of the Press & Information Office
Press Counselor/ Ayman Walash
Pretoria- South Africa