Friday Mar 06, 2020. 11:00
Mamelodi Sundowns will look to make a major comeback when they host Al Ahly for the return leg of their CAF Champions League quarterfinal tie on Saturday afternoon. Kick-off at the Lucas Moripe Stadium will be at 15:00 CAT.
The first leg in Cairo last weekend was won 2-0 by the Egyptian giants, with Ali Maaloul scoring a brace of goals in the second half to ensure the Red Devils have a strong hold on the tie.
However, playing the Brazilians in Tshwane could bring back bad memories for Ahly, who were famously crushed 5-0 in their last visit to South Africa back in April 2019 – ‘Downs will need a performance of similar power and dominance to turn this tie around.
“I want to thank my team who dominated the game and scored two goals and they could have scored more,” said Al Ahly coach Rene Weiler ahead of the return match.
“We had possession for the majority of the game and we were also better and that is very important for us.”
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, meanwhile, is hoping his team’s strong home form makes the difference come Saturday afternoon.
“Two goals is a bit difficult for us to turn the results around but we have to turn the volume up in Pretoria, we don’t have an option,” he explained.
“We have to score in Pretoria but congratulations to Al Ahly, but we managed to deal with the pressure. Come to Pretoria it’s a different story there, ask other teams. It’s totally a different game and I can’t explain it.”
Gambian referee Bakary Gassama will take charge of the game in Tshwane on Saturday afternoon. The overall winner of the tie advances to face either Wydad Casablanca or Etoile du Sahel in the semifinals.