Mamelodi Sun Downs, South Africa, believes that pressure will be placed on Al-Ahly in the confrontation that will bring the two teams together in the African Champions League this month.
The African Champions League draw had resulted in Al-Ahly facing Sun Downs in the quarter-finals for the third time in a row, with the winner qualifying to meet the winner of the Esperance match against Tunisias ES Belouizdad.
“The pressure will be on Al-Ahly, led by Pitso Mosimane in the Champions League quarter-finals, as he is the champion of the last version of the tournament,” Rolani Moccuena, assistant coach in the coaching staff of Mamelodi Sun Downs said.
After winning the domestic treble with the Brazilians in the 2019/20 campaign, Musimane resigned to take over the role of Century Club in September of last year – hitting a hat-trick for the giants of Egypt.
“We knew our way from the beginning, we knew that we would travel either to Algeria to face Mouloudia Algeria or Egypt to face Al-Ahly, because it was clear that we would not face Belouizdad because they were in our group,” Mocoyna said in statements to the Kick Off newspaper.
He added: “Among the runners-up in the groups, we had only three choices, and all the teams in the quarter-finals are very good teams with very good coaches and Al-Ahly are the same.”
Mukwena, who was a candidate to join Al-Ahly’s technical staff, continued earlier: “Al-Ahly is the defending champion. They must pressure to win the title again and reach the semi-finals through us.”
And insist MokoenaHowever, facing Al-Ahly is a challenge that his team will enjoy, as he said: “For us, we consider it a very competitive match against a very good team with a very good coach.”
“Musimane is a person we respect very much .. I certainly have a lot of respect for him because of the role he played in my coaching career as a coach, as a captain and as a mentor. I learned a lot from him and look forward to challenging him,” Roulani Moccuena concluded.