- The Mamelodi Sundowns face off against Egyptian team Al Ahly in CAF Champions League
- Al Ahly beat the Sundowns 2-0 in their first encounter
- Hlompho Kekana knows that the game is going to tough but he is confident in his team
Hlompho Kekana, Mamelodi Sundowns captain is eager to take on the Egyptian team Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League.
Briefly.co.za learned that the 34-year-old has just signed a 4-year extension to his contract with the Sundowns.
"I have renewed my contract with Sundowns simply because I feel at home here. I have beautiful memories with the club and I feel I should continue," Kekana said.
"They have been good to me. I am happy because the fans love me and it was an easy decision to make."
"I hope we don't get a stage-fright and try to give a good performance. I think one early goal can set the tone. We can't start slow in this match. We must come out strong."
Kekana believes that despite being favourites, the Egyptian team will be cautious as they will be playing in Atteridgeville and the Sundowns will put them under pressure from the start of the game according to the Sowetanlive.co.za.
"We have to play our normal game when we are at home. It has worked out well for us because we have been able to kill off games early. When we score we know that our next goal is coming."
The Al Ahly coach, René Weiler, has promised to play a good game not to jeopardise their chances of progressing to the next round.
“We know that we are playing against a very strong team and it will be dangerous from anyone of us to think that we have already qualified for the next round. We have to play a good game to ensure that we qualify for the next round.”
The Egyptian team got the best of the Brazilians in their first confrontation, beating them 2-0 and the coach is confident that they will perform well. However, the team know that Sundowns can be dangerous.
“The 2-0 win for us in Cairo last weekend is in the past and now we have to prepare properly for a new game‚ which is going to come with its own challenges on Saturday‚” Weiler said during his pre-match press conference at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Friday morning.
“The first leg was just one part of this tie and luckily we managed to win it but we are concentrating on making sure that we play the best match tomorrow to win and go to the next round.
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