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Sundowns coach confident ahead of Ahly crunch showdown

Sundowns will host Ahly at Lucas Moripe Stadium in the South African capital Pretoria at 15:00, Cairo time

Mahmoud Sheleib , Thursday 20 May 2021
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi. (Photo: facebook.com/sundownsfc)
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi. (Photo: facebook.com/sundownsfc)
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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi stressed he is confident his players will defeat Ahly in the second leg quarter final of the African Champions League, scheduled for Saturday.

The South African side lost to Ahly 0-2 in the first leg game that took place in Cairo. However, Mngqithi has high hopes to overcome Ahly at home to book a seat in the semifinals of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League.

“Minimising our mistakes, I believe we can get the results that we want, although I know it will be a tall order,” Mngqithi told the South African website News24.

“We are confident in our group. I was saying yesterday that if anyone has the capacity to come back a winner, it is Sudnowns.

“Out of all the teams we have in the country who can overcome a 2-0 deficit, it’s Sundowns. I strongly believe that,” he added.

The 50-year-old coach also praised Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane who joined the Reds last season coming from Sundowns.

Mosimane collected with Sundowns 10 titles including CAF Champions League which he clinched from Zamalek in 2016, while in his short period at Ahly he won all the competitions the team participated in, including his second Champions League title which he snatched from the White Knights.

“We’re playing against an astute coach who knows what to do. He can play very quietly to make sure that he exposes the space behind our defence. 

“We must be on top of our game in attack and defence and play responsibly to achieve the outcome we want.

“I’m confident and optimistic that if we stay focused, we will win, and I’m still very excited after the performance we produced in the first leg,” he concluded.

Sundowns will host Ahly at Lucas Moripe Stadium in the South African capital Pretoria at 15:00 Cairo local time.

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