Al Ahly’s assistant manager Samy Komsan is confident that his side will beat Mamelodi Sundowns when the teams meet in Saturday’s CAF Champions League Group A game at the FNB Stadium.
The Red Devils come into this encounter with two wins in their last two games – a hard-earned 3-2 win over Al-Merreikh and an easy 3-0 win over Pyramids.
Sundowns on the other hand gave humble Mathaithai FC a 6-0 thrashing in the Nedbank Cup in their last game.
“Travel just after the Pyramids match and the weather change between Egypt and South Africa put a lot of pressure on the players,” said Komsan as quoted by kingfut†
“However, I fully trust the coaching staff and the players and I am sure they can return to Egypt with a positive result.
“We have studied Sundowns well and the small details make all the difference in important games. We are determined to win our third consecutive Champions League title.
“Our group has strong teams and they are all striving to qualify, but we will do everything we can to win the title.”
Sundowns defeated Al Ahly 1-0 the last time the sides met in Cairo almost two weeks ago. The Brazilians hope to double up against the reigning African champions and cement their place at the top of the Group A standings.
Sundowns top the table with seven points from three games, followed by Al Ahly and Al-Merrikh, who are both on four points, having also played the same number of games as Sundowns. Al-Hilal are last, with only one point to their name.
However, Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi says the Brazilians are more concerned about reaching the quarter-finals of the competition than they are at the top of the group.
“Leading the group isn’t always the most important thing, the most important thing is to make sure you qualify for the quarter-finals,” said Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi.