Despite their incredible home record in the CAF Champions League, coach Pitso Mosimane is worried that his side Mamelodi Sundowns might struggle to overturn their 2-0 deficit against Al Ahly in the return leg at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday, March 7.
“I think we played okay, we played well – it’s just that two goals is a bit difficult for us to turn the results around but we have to, we have to turn the volume up in Pretoria, we don’t have an option, we have to score in Pretoria,” said a dejected Mosimane.
Sundowns lost 2-0 against Al Ahly in Cairo on Saturday in the first leg and Mosimane admitted that Al Ahly made things difficult for them but remains optimistic about reaching the semifinals.
“We don’t sit back because we want to sit back, Al Ahly is pushing us back. I had to protect goals.
“But congratulations to Al Ahly, they are a big team, but we managed to deal with the pressure,” added the Downs mentor.
The last time Al Ahly came to Pretoria to play Sundowns, they were hammered 5-0 in the quarterfinals.
“Come to Pretoria it’s a different story there, ask other teams. It’s totally a different game and I can’t explain it, “said Mosimane.
The last time Sundowns lost at home in Champions League was 18 matches ago (14 wins, 4 draws). On their home turf, Sundowns last lost a game which was against Tunisia’s Esperance in June 2017. Downs were beaten 2-1, but have been dominant over the opposition.
In the 28th second of the game, Themba Zwane missed a golden opportunity to put Sundowns ahead and score the all-important away goal.
“I’m crying for that opportunity in the first 20 seconds. We could be speaking a different story now,” concluded Mosimane.
By FARPost Reporter