Head Coach of Egyptian side Al Ahly, Pitso Mosimane has explained how two of Ghana’s biggest and most decorated clubs, Hearts of oak and Asante Kotoko can become competitive once again in CAF Inter-club competitions.
The two clubs enjoyed successes in Africa in the past. Hearts of Oak won the CAF Champions League in 2000 and the maiden edition of the CAF Confederations Cup in 2004.
Asante Kotoko on the other hand won the CAF Champions in 1971 and 1983. However, the two clubs have struggled to replicate the successes in recent years.
Pitso, who has won the CAF Champions League on three occasions with two different clubs (Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly) is surprised at the situation.
“Where are the Porcupine Warriors? They used to terrorize everybody. Where is Phobia? Where are those teams? When these two teams play in Ghana, the streets are closed. Where are those teams in the Champions League? Where are the top talents,” Pitso quizzed in an interview with Joy Sports.
The Al Ahly boss went on to explain how the two teams can get back playing regularly in the CAF Inter-club competitions.
“You need to have an organized league, TV on the league, improve the stadia. It’s not easy because of the economy but proper, smaller but decent stadia can help. Also, paying the players well and ensuring the players are willing to play.
“Create the vibe among fans and Ghanaian teams will come back to the Champions League. The private sector will also have to invest so you can develop your own players and bring in good players from other countries,” Pitso added
Pitso is currently regarded as the best manger on the African continent. The South African manager has won multiple trophies with Super Sports United, Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly, including the CAF Champions League and CAF Super Cup on three occasions.