Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango says his side need to take their chances in order to avoid being punished by their opponent.
The Brazilians will take on Egyptian giants Al Ahly on Saturday, May 15 at Cairo International Stadium with kick-off set for 21:00.
Masandawana arrived safely in Egypt on Tuesday to prepare for the mouthwatering showpiece of the Caf Champions League quarterfinals first leg.
However, the Ugandan international insists that they are expecting a difficult encounter as they will be playing away from home.
“We anticipate a very tough encounter, looking at the fact that we’ve played them I think now this is the third time in a row. We are facing our former coach (Pitso Mosimane), it makes it a little bit interesting for us and also for them. We are looking forward to the encounter and we will try to get a positive result away from home so that by the time we play the second leg it’s not as tough as the first leg. We believe that we will get positive results on the weekend,” said Onyango.
“When you play a team of Al Ahly’s calibre or Zamalek or any team from North Africa, you need to work extremely hard, you need to have tactical discipline from all the players and you must be able to take your chances because if you don’t take your chances you get punished. It’s a team with a lot of quality players and we need to be very, very careful with them.
“We need to take our chances and at least get an away goal, but our main objective is to try and win the game and see how the second leg will be played because you can never count on the second leg without getting positive results from the first leg.”
The shot-stopper has been outstanding for the Tshwane-based outfit this season, having kept 15 clean sheets, conceding 10 goals in 24 league matches.
He believes that his current form in the South African top-flight has prepared him for the continental clash against the North Africans.
“Of course it’s part of the process having a lot of clean sheets in the DStv Premiership, but Kennedy [Mweene] has also done it for the team, which means it’s not only about the goalkeeping department, the entire team has been working hard to make sure that we get enough clean sheets,” he added.
“I believe that if we do the same in the Champions League we will be able to go as far as the finals because we defend as a team and attack as a team, the team has to work extremely hard to make sure that we get a clean sheet away from home.”
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