- Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi has already fired shots at their opponents Al Ahly ahead of the clash on Saturday afternoon
- Mngqithi and Sundowns will be banking on their home ground advantage to secure a win over Ahly and reach the CAF Champions League semi-finals
- In his analysis, Mngqithi insists that coach Pitso Mosimane’s side, Ahly, may not be able to stand against their strategy in Tshwane
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqitrhi has fired a warning to his Al Ahly counterpart Pitso Mosimane, suggesting they will expose their defence.
The veteran Masandawana manager argued that the biggest issue is how to approach the clash against the Red Devils in Tshwane this coming weekend.
Sundowns are under pressure to reverse their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Al Ahly, whom they are set to meet in the CAF Champions League second leg quarter-final clash at home.
Speaking in the build-up to the match that is expected to produce fireworks, the former AmaZulu mentor said Ahly are not very good when they don’t have the ball. He said:
“The biggest issue is how they are going to approach the game in Pretoria. They will not last very long if they play with the same intensity that they played with [in Cairo].
"I don't think they are very good at defending in and around their box, when they are playing too deep into their half, which is what I think made us have a better second half.
"Because in the second half they did not press us from the top, they retreated and gave us a bit more latitude to get into half spaces and get behind their midfield and also between the lines.
"They are not a good defensive team, they are normally a good offensive team. If they had at come us in Pretoria, I don't see them lasting for 90 minutes."
Meanwhile, the reigning African champions have arrived in Mzansi as they also confirmed on their Twitter account on Tuesday.
Coached by former Masandawana manager Mosimane, the clash is definitely set to separate men from boys as Mnqgithi and the company would not like to lose twice to ‘Jingles’.
On the other hand, a semi-final spot is up for grabs but the hosts will have to guard against conceding early for them to remain in contention to secure a spot in the next round.
Mngqithi will also welcome a key figure in the heart of the park in the form of Themba Zwane who missed the clash last weekend owing to injury.
In other football stories, Briefly News reported that Ahly striker Mohamed Sherif said they did themselves a favour by beating the DStv Premierhsaip outfit in Cairo last weekend.
Ahly have arrived in South Africa ahead of their eagerly anticipated CAF Champions League clash against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils of Egypt touched down at OR Tambo International Airport and have confirmed their arrival via a post on Twitter.
Ahly are enjoying a comfortable 2-0 lead, a result they secured from last week’s first leg clash at home in Cairo.
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