JOHANNESBURG – African Club of the Century Al Ahly will be making its trip to South Africa this weekend to face Mamelodi Sundowns in the first leg of the Caf Champions League’s quarter-final, hoping to continue with their dominance over the PSL teams.
But Sundowns’ midfielder Tiyani Mabunda is banking on coach Pitso Mosimane to have a trick up his sleeve for the Egyptians. In 2001 and 2013, Al Ahly deprived Sundowns and Orlando Pirates the African triumph when they defeated them in Champions League finals, and in 2002, the Egyptians beat Kaizer Chiefs in the Caf Super Cup.
“We know that it won’t be a walk in the park, but we know the coach has a plan for every single team that we play," Mabunda said. "We trust his judgment and he know our abilities and strengths. On any day when he picks somebody from the squad, we know we are going to have a good game.”
Rewind back to 2016 - Mosimane was the trump card that finally led Sundowns to their first triumph of Africa's premier club competition.
In the first leg of the final against Zamalek Mosimane staged a mastermind attacking game-plan that gave them three goals and a clean sheet before finishing off the job in Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, with a narrow 1-0 loss.