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Mngqithi – Why Downs Can Still Beat Pitso

Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Manqoba Mngqithi has revealed which two major advantages his side have over Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly.

Masandawana will have to overcome their 2-0 first-leg defeat against the defending champions in order to knock their former coach out of the competition.

Mngqithi, though, has stated that he sees his side’s chances of 60-40 and explained why he believes his side can still upset the Egyptian giants.

“I think the altitudes and the fact that we’ll be playing at home will give us a little bit of an advantage,” he said.

“We’re a team that is capable of scoring a lot of goals. The only setback is that we conceded two. If we conceded just one, I believe would easily be able to come back stronger.

“We wanted to at least have one goal in this match. And it was very unfortunate that we didn’t even get a goal, which is a setback, but I know what our team is capable of.”

The Downs co-head coach also pointed out that he believes Al Ahly are a lot stronger in attacking than focussing on defending, which play into the cards of his side.

“The bigger issue is how they approached the game in Pretoria because they will never last very long. If they play this same intensity that they played with you.

“Then they will be forced to play counter attacking game. 

“I don’t think they are very good defending in and around the box when they are playing far too deep in their half.

“Which is I think made us really better in the second half because second half they did not press us from the top. They, they retreated. 

“And that gave us a little bit more latitude to get into the half spaces and to get behind the midfield and also to play in between the lines. They are not a defensive team, they are normally a very good offensive team. So if they have to come at us in Pretoria, I don’t see them last for 90 minutes.”