The 2 sides are assembly within the last-eight of this competitors for the third season operating however this time round there may be added intrigue
Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena has welcomed their Caf Champions League quarter-final pairing in opposition to Al Ahly as “aggressive” however says their most important focus in the mean time is on Sunday’s Premier Soccer League conflict in opposition to Orlando Pirates.
Sundowns go to Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly for the primary leg on the weekend of Might 14-16 earlier than they host the Cairo giants the next weekend.
For a 3rd straight season, the 2 groups are assembly within the Champions League quarter-finals and Al Ahly went on to clinch final season’s title below former Masandawana coach Mosimane.
“In fact we knew the permutations from the start that we may have both a visit to Algeria [to play MC Alger] or to Egypt as a result of it was clear we couldn’t play Belouizdad,” Mokwena instructed Sundowns’ media.
“So of the runners-up, we solely had three permutations and all of the groups which can be within the last-eight are good groups with superb coaches and Al Ahly are the identical. They’re the defending champions, they’ve the strain to win the trophy. Now they’ve the strain to get into the semi-finals.
“For us, we think about it as a really aggressive draw in opposition to an excellent aspect with an excellent coach, somebody that now we have lots of respect for. Personally, I’ve lots of respect for him due to the function he has performed in my teaching profession as a coach, a pacesetter and as a mentor, somebody I’ve discovered quite a bit from. We’re wanting ahead to the problem.”
Whereas lots of consideration has been given to this quarter-final pairing, Mokwena says their precedence in the mean time is their confrontation in opposition to Pirates at Orlando Stadium.
The match in opposition to the Buccaneers is vital to Sundowns following a winless run of their final 4 video games throughout all competitions.
“The fact is for us at this second to go recreation by recreation and a very powerful recreation now for us is Orlando Pirates as a result of that’s the subsequent match after which we are going to cross the highway of the quarter-finals after we get to that,” stated Mokwena.
“It’s first issues first. It’s vital for us to maintain that kind of perspective as a result of the Champions League is just a little bit sophisticated within the sense that it’s the quarter-finals after which that disrupts the home competitions with house and away legs.
“Then we must anticipate a few weeks earlier than we get to the semi-finals and through these weeks we then have to finish the home competitions.”