Mudau: Sundowns will show Al Ahly respect

Mudau: Sundowns will show Al Ahly respect
Khuliso Mudau of Mamelodi Sundowns warming up during the African Football League 2023 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Petro de Luanda at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria on 24 October 2023 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Friday Oct 27, 2023. 13:37

Mamelodi Sundowns right-back Khuliso Mudau expects Al Ahly to pose them a much sterner challenge at Loftus Versfeld on this occasion in the African Football (AFL).

The Brazilians sent shockwaves across the continent when they dismantled the Red Eagles 5-2 at the same venue in the CAF Champions League last season during the group stages.

Rulani Mokwena’s side had drawn 2-2 with the eventual champions in Cairo a fortnight earlier and went through the entire competition unbeaten despite being knockout out in the semi-finals.

But Mudau believes the Egyptian giants will be a different prospect this time around even if they scraped past Simba in the quarter-finals on away goals following a 3-3 draw on aggregate.

The Bafana Bafana international insists Sundowns will be looking for all three points in the first leg of their semi-final tie on home soil on Sunday to give them an edge to take to the Egyptian capital.

“They are a good team and we need to give them the respect they deserve, but we have to make sure that we go away in the return leg with an advantage because that’s important,” the told Sowetan.

“We just need to make sure that we work harder to win the game. We want good results at home and trying not to concede any will help us. Our mentality is to win every match we play and this one is no different.

“It won’t be an easy game to be honest. We just need to continue with what we have been doing, which has been working for us. We don’t want to play for a draw because they can come here and park the bus.”

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