Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena has suggested that Al Ahly will be concerned following the first leg, because they know Sundowns can score in Cairo.
The first leg at Loftus Stadium ended 1-0 in Sundowns favour, and while the scoreline could’ve been higher, Mokwena can be pleased with his team’s application and how the gave the Egyptians very few scoring opportunities.
Speaking after the game, Mokwena said he could sense the frustration in their players, and he feels it’s because they know that Masandawana are more than capable of scoring in Egypt, and with away goals applying in the two-legged tie, any goal for Sundowns could leave too much for Ahly to overturn.
“But we’ve got a goal in Cairo, we know that and they know that also,” Mokwena said in the post-match press conference.
“I think that also stresses them a lot. The message that they’ve got is they know Sundowns can score in Cairo.
“And you could see a little bit of frustration from the players when they walked off the pitch because I would presume that having had something very similar in the previous rounds.
“And maybe even in the MTN8, we had something similar where we went away and home first, and even last season with the Champions League when we brought a 0-0 in Morocco, the stress was not to concede, and that’s going to be very stressful for them.
“The first thing that they’ve got to think about is Sundowns mustn’t score an away goal. So let’s see what happens.
“We’re half-time and it’s going to be an interesting game but as I said, I think they also know that Sundowns have got a goal in Cairo, if not two.”