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Mngqithi – 5-0 Win Over Al Ahly Doesn’t Mean Much

Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Manqoba Mngqithi has insisted that his side’s 5-0 win over Al Ahly from 2018/19 cannot be used as a reference point for Saturday’s game.

Masandawana are facing former coach Pitso Mosimane, who was in charge when they won their last game in the knockout stages of the CAF Champions League.

It was a much-celebrated 5-0 victory on 6 April 2019 and many Downs fans hope they can come up with a similar performance on Saturday.

However, Mngqithi insisted that tomorrow’s game will be a complete different contest.

“There’s been a lot of changes from the team that was on the pitch for Al Ahly in comparison to the team we played against then,” he said during his pre-match press conference. 

“The coaching department of our team has changed – they are using one of our coaches that was leading us before.

“So that reference point really does not have much because it gives them a little bit of an advantage because they’ve got a coach who knows what happened and who knows how we orchestrated that success. 

“But we have a very good technical team at the moment – and a lot of players that participated in that match, with some additions that have come in handy to help the team this season. We don’t want to use those reference points.”

Al Ahly enter the game with a 2-0 first-leg advantage, leaving it all to do for Masandawana at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.