Al Ahly arrives in SA, expected to park buses to protect lead

Al Ahly arrives in SA, expected to park buses to protect lead

- Egyptian side Al Ahly arrived in Mzansi early to prepare for their CAF Champions League clash against Mamelodi Sundowns

- Many pundits are expecting the Egyptians to park the bus in an effort to conserve their two goal advantage from the first leg

- Al Ahly boast a proud history of defending a lead in the competition, but Mosimane can draw inspiration from their 5-1 mauling they handed out last year

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Mamelodi Sundowns haven't given up the fight for the Absa Premiership title, but a lot of their energy and attention has been focused on the CAF Champions League.

The Brazilians suffered a 2-0 loss in the first leg of their quarterfinal clash with Al Ahly and the Egyptians are now expected to park the bus during the second leg.

Pundits are anticipating Al Ahly to implement defensive and time-wasting tactics to frustrate their opponents on Saturday.

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Lucas Moripe Stadium could become a tense venue if Downs struggle to break the deadlock early and the Egyptians are encouraged to apply negative tactics.

Briefly.co.za also learnt that Al Ahly are masters at conserving a lead in the CAF play-off matches.

They've only lost twice when holding a two-goal advantage in their illustrious history.

Al Ahly definitely mean business as the players actually flew to Mzansi at the same time as the Sundowns players to give them every opportunity to acclimatise to the altitude.

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However, coach Pitso Mosimane can look to last year's 5-0 demolition at home to inspire his men.

Mosimane was previously quoted as saying that his team will need to turn the volume up if they are to stand a chance of victory.

Briefly.co.za reported on Mosimane's sentiments and that he felt it will take a huge effort to get over the line.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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