Al-Ahly club, at 9 pm tomorrow, Saturday, will play a heavy-caliber confrontation when it hosts the South African Sun Downs team at Al-Ahly and Al-Salam Stadium, in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the 2020-2021 CAF Champions League..
South African coach Pitso Musimani, Al-Ahly coach, is studying a plan to stop the Sun Downs stars and the trump cards that may pose a great danger to Mohamed El Shennawi’s goal, as he knows well the capabilities of all players due to the long period in which he continued to train the South African champion.
Saturday’s confrontation is the most important in the current Al-Ahly season, on which Musimani relies on pulling the team out of a series of poor performance and results, in addition to progressing an important step towards reaching the semi-finals of the African Champions League..
But there are four things that cause Musimani to worry about the Sun Downs confrontation.Negative results
Al-Ahly enters the Sun Downs confrontation after a series of disappointing results in the past period, where only one victory was known in the last 4 meetings, as they tied with each of El Gouna, then lost to Ghazl El Mahalla and finally tied with Zamalek in the summit meeting.
Absence of goals
One of the things that Musimani fears is the goalscoring sterility that afflicted the team in the current period, as Al-Ahly only scored two goals in the last 3 matches it played in the league, and it came through Taher Mohamed Taher and Salah Mohsen.
Mohamed Sharif moved away from scoring in the last 4 matches, after he scored 5 goals in 4 matches, and Al-Ahly club’s wards continued to present modest levels, namely Hussein Al-Shahat, Taher Muhammad Taher and Kahraba..
The left front is still a headache in Musimani’s head before facing Sun Downs, especially after the long absence of Tunisian Ali Maaloul..
Maaloul will not join the first-leg match after his absence has been confirmed, and Musimani is still thinking about solving this crisis after he involved 4 players in the last period in this position between Ahmed Beckham, Coca, Ayman Ashraf and Mahmoud Waheed.
Ayman Ashraf will be the closest in the Sun Downs match, but he appeared at a modest level in the summit meeting, as Al-Ahmar also conceded the equalizer from this front..
Sun Downs victories
At a time when Al-Ahly is struggling in defense, as the last 8 matches witnessed Al-Ahly’s reception of 9 goals, raising the alarm in the Red Castle for an early warning before the Sun Downs attack, in which the South African team will seek to restore consideration after Al-Ahly eliminated him from the previous version in the same round, Where he has not lost in the last 5 meetings, won 4 and tied in a meeting.