‘Sundowns want to beat us!’ – Ahly’s Pitso reacts to CAF Champions League draw | Sport


Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Al Ahly head coach Pitso
 admits that Mamelodi Sundowns will be desperate to defeat his
Egyptian charges when the two African football powerhouses meet in the CAF
Champions League.

Mosimane will get
to face his former employers in home and away fixtures after seeing his Red
Devils drew Sundowns in Group A.

Sudanese outfits Al
Hilal and Al Merrikh complete the group.

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The 57-year-old
Mosimane was present at the proceedings in Cairo,
Egypt, as he helped with the on-stage Champions League and Confederations Cup
draw at the CAF headquarters.

Last season of
Africa’s premier club tournament, Ahly went on to beat Sundowns in home and
away quarter-final fixtures, with Mosimane receiving a hostile homecoming from
the Masandawana fans.

However, Mosimane’s
charges unscathed with a 3-1 aggregate victory.

The Ahly mentor
believes that Sundowns will want redemption when the Champions League resumes
in February.

“Yes, a very
difficult one,” said Mosimane.

“I think what
will happen there is the local teams will cancel each other because it’s going
to be a local derby.

“But the
interesting part there is, the two top teams went to Sudan last year, and we
did not win.

“So, it really
shows how difficult that group is going to be.”

Mosimane added:
“When I was with them (Sundowns), we always had Wydad all the time.

“We played
Wydad eight times in a row. So, it’s interesting.

“Let’s play
Mamelodi Sundowns. Obviously, they want to beat us.

“But we have
beaten them for the last two times, so it is okay.”


Group A: Al Ahly (EGY, holders), Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA), Al Hilal (SUD), Al Merrikh (SUD)

Group B: Raja Casablanca (MAR), Horoya (GUI), Entente Setif (ALG), AmaZulu (RSA)

Group C: Esperance (TUN), Etoile Sahel (TUN), Chabab Belouizdad (ALG), Jwaneng Galaxy (BOT)

Group D: Wydad Casablanca (MAR), Zamalek (EGY), Petro Atletico (ANG), Sagrada Esperanca (ANG)

Group winners and runners-up qualify for quarter-finals

Matchdays: Feb 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, Mar 11-12, 18-19, Apr 1-2

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