- Former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Roger Feutmba shares his thoughts on the match against Al Ahly coming up on Saturday night
- Feutmba says Sundowns have the advantage to bag a favourable result against Ahly away from home, but they must be mentally strong
- Known as the General, Feutmba says Sundowns players must not use emotions against Ahly, as they will meet their former coach, Mosimane for the first time
Mamelodi Sundowns are set to enter a lion’s den on Saturday night as they will face off against Al Ahly on Saturday, but a legend says the Brazilians have the edge.
Retired midfielder Roger Feutmba says coach Manqoba Mngqithi’s troops have the advantage over their hosts because there are no fans allowed into the venue.
Secondly, ‘The General’ says Sundowns are aware of former coach Pitso Mosimane’s tactical planning and approach.
However, he says the South Africans cannot afford to only bank on those factors alone but urges them to use their chances and have a positive mindset.
The two African giants are scheduled to meet in the CAF Champions League quarter-final match in Cairo on Saturday night.
Speaking exclusively to Briefly News, Feutmba warns the reigning Premier Soccer League champions against using emotions. Feutmba told Briefly News:
“It’s going to be a tough game for Sundowns, they are meeting their former coach. Pitso knows how Sundowns play.
“Luckily, Sundowns players also know how Pitso plays and plans for the games. It’s going to be a tough and interesting game of football.
“I believe it’s going to be a tight game and, so, I hope that Sundowns can work more on their mentality because the two teams play for one mission, to reach the semi-finals.
“I think if any team can do well and approach the match, be better prepared mentally stands a very good chance to score and win the match.
“One other factor to mention is that Sundowns have the advantage going to this one. They are winning at home and are confident.”
Looking at the Red Devils, Ahly is coming from a draw against Zamalek on Monday night whilst the Brazilians beat TS Galaxy on Sunday in the DStv Premiership. Feutmba added:
“Look, we can say Sundowns is doing well on their domestic campaign but in football, one cannot only bank on that because football can surprise you.
“We all know Ahly are not doing well at the moment but Sundowns cannot just go there and expect to win. These are two good teams that know each other very well.
“Remember both teams want to go to the semi-finals, tactically both teams are not too different and recall that Ahly are defending champions.
“But coming to that, I strongly believe Sundowns can get a draw and finish the game here at home. I think Sundowns will qualify for the semi-finals.
“Sundowns, on the other hand, also struggled in the past few games and football cannot be predicted based on past results. Both teams have good coaches.”
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the fans are not allowed to enter the stadium and the Cameroonian legend is of the view that Sundowns can benefit from that.
“Yes definitely, that can work for Sundowns. We all know what the Ahly fans can do to any visiting team. Having none of them will be an advantage for Sundowns.
“I am also confident the coaches at Sundowns are experienced enough, they will guide the boys to never play to impress Pitso. They have their job and that doesn’t have anything to with Pitso.
“The only thing for Sundowns is to forget about Pitso, play their normal game and focus on getting a positive result away from home.
“Most of the Sundowns players are used to such situations and I am confident they will South Africa proud.”
The Brazilians are almost home and dry as far as their DStv Premiership challenge is concerned.
Fresh from a win over Galaxy last weekend, a win that propelled them to 57 points on the log table, the Tshwane side is still looking for new recruits.
This website had that coach Mngqithi is looking to bring new players in the form of Slovakian striker.
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Source: Briefly News