Hlompho Kekana looking forward to Al Ahly challenge

Hlompho Kekana looking forward to Al Ahly challenge
Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Amin Tighazoui of Wydad during the 2018 CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville on 05 May 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Mar 28, 2019. 13:00

Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana says he is looking forward to the challenge of facing eight-time African champions Al Ahly.

The Brazilians will take on the Red Devils in the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League next month.

It will be the third time that ‘Downs and Al Ahly face each other in continental competition, though the South African club has ended up on the losing side both in 2001 and 2007.

Kekana, one of the most prominent players of the current generation of Sundowns players, says he is eager to test himself against one of the great clubs of African football.

"Al Ahly is one of those clubs that we always heard about when we were kids and we knew that it has been the powerhouse of African football for so many years," the midfielder told Kick Off.

"If I start telling you the history of Al Ahly I'm sure I would not be able to tell you all of it because I know a little. We all know what type of club they are and we know what they are famous for. So for me these are moments I will cherish for the rest of my life.

"I have been very fortunate in my career to experience such beautiful moments. It's a game I am looking forward to.”

Sundowns will host Al Ahly on April 5 (next Friday) for the first leg, with the return game set for the following weekend.

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