- Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Hlompho Kekana says there is nothing stopping his club from celebrating against Pitso Mosimane-coached Al Ahly
- The Sundowns skipper, Kekana, says Ahly boss Mosimane knows players and coaches come and go in football
- Kekana was speaking to the media ahead of the CAF Champions League clash between Ahly and Sundowns in Tshwane this coming Saturday
Mamelodi Sundowns skipper Hlompho Kekana says they will celebrate once they find the back of the net against Al Ahly this coming weekend.
Kekana is expected to feature for the Brazilians as they welcome the Red Devils on Saturday in their return leg of the CAF Champions League clash.
Sundowns are still licking their wounds following a 2-0 defeat at the hands of coach Pitso Mosimane’s troops in Cairo last Saturday.
In football, it is a sign of respect to never celebrate when you score against a former team, but Kekana says he has never played for their next opponents and has no reason not to rejoice.
Speaking to reporters as per KickOff, ‘KK’ said the highly anticipated match is a big contest for the Tshwane giants. He said:
"Ja, I was never an Al Ahly player before, so I'll have to celebrate. Coach Pitso knows, coaches move all the time – we saw Benni [McCarthy], now at AmaZulu, how he celebrated after beating [his former team] Cape Town City.
"So, we will have to celebrate, it's a match that we really need to celebrate. It's a big match for the club; it's a big match for the players and it will obviously mean more [to score in] than any other match."
Despite the fact that coach Manqoba Mngqithi prefers the likes of Siphelele Mkhulise and Andile Jali in the heart of the park, Kekana remains a key figure at Chloorkop.
Looking at his statistics, the 35-year-old veteran midfielder has featured in eight matches as a starter coupled with six as he came off the bench this season.
Meanwhile, the Brazilians are set to welcome creative playmaker Themba Zwane who was a notable absentee in their match away from home.
Briefly News reported that Sundowns were set to enter a lion’s den on Saturday night as they were set to face off against Al Ahly.
A club legend said the Brazilians had the edge and that was the retired midfielder, Roger Feutmba, who said coach Mngqithi’s troops had the advantage over their hosts because there are no fans allowed into the venue.
Secondly, ‘The General’ said Sundowns are aware of former coach Mosimane’s tactical planning and approach.
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Source: Briefly News