Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on 05 January 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
The Brazilians put up a superb performance in Tshwane on Saturday to crush the Egyptian giants in the first leg of the teams’ CAF Champions League quarterfinal.
Goals from Themba Zwane, Wayne Arendse, Ricardo Nascimento, Gaston Sirino and former Ahly player Phakamani Mahlambi secured a 5-0 win for the Brazilians, while the defeat was Al Ahly’s biggest in Africa club competition.
Despite taking a five-goal lead to the return game in Suez on Saturday 13 April, Mosimane insists that the Red Devils have the pedigree to turn the tie around.
“I am not a fool‚ I will keep my feet on the ground and make sure that the team stays calm and hopefully we proceed to the semis‚” he said.
“This 5-0 win is a rare result and with regards to our performance we played proper football.
“They will be under pressure to score early but we are going to unleash speed on them with the likes of Phakamani Mahlambi and Lebohang Maboe hoping that we can score one goal from the break. We must make it difficult for them.
“It is going to be difficult but we must try to fight fire with fire‚ I hope we keep the integrity‚ we protect this result and the work that we have done.
“We don’t have the guarantee‚ Bafana went there to play against Libya needing a point and they won.
“We should believe and trust in the way we play but we must double our efforts. If we lose we will do that because they were good but because of our attitude and mentally.”