Pitso Shuts Out Downs In Egypt
Pitso Mosimane and Al Ahly have beaten Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 in a tightly-contested first-leg encounter of their CAF Champions League quarter-final.
Al Ahly started the game with intent, attacking Downs from the first minute but the visitors were up for it as well.
The hosts asked for an early penalty when Mohamed Sherif went down inside the box inside five minutes.
A header by Sundowns’ Gift Motupa hit the inside of the post before Motupa just missed the goal from the following corner.
Just a minute later, Al Ahly opened the scoring with a superb strike by Mohamed Taher from outside the box.
Sundowns, though, were not too shocked and continued to push forward, albeit showing a lack of concentration in their final passes, while Al Ahly were happy to sit back and wait for an opportunity to counter.
Downs had another dangerous entry into the box via Thapelo Morena from their right wing but El Shenawy denied him from a tight angle.
The second started a bit slower than the first, with Downs trying to control most of the ball.
Shenawy again denied Downs after 59 minutes, parrying a superb Mosa Lebusa header following a corner.
Second-half substitute Kermit Erasmus set up Motupa after 70 minutes but Shenawy denied him with a stunning save.
Downs kept on pushing for an equaliser but without much luck.
The visitors conceded a late sucker punch after a blunder by Denis Onyango who misjudged a high cross and let Salah Mohsen convert into an empty net.
Downs will now have to overturn the 2-0 first-leg defeat when welcoming Mosimane back in South Africa next week Saturday.
“IT’S NOT US vs PITSO,” Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Rulani Mokwena told iDiski Times‘ David Kappel and you can read his full exclusive interview, where he also chats about his relationship with Mosimane and how Downs will prepare for Al Ahly, why he admires Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, which advise Jurgen Klopp gave him as well as his dream of coaching in Europe, in this week’s edition – available in English and Zulu.