Kekana is confident that Sundowns can overcome Al Ahly

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder and team captain Hlompho Kekana is confident that his side can overcome Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League quarter-finals.

Al Ahly were drawn to face Sundowns in the quarterfinal for the third consecutive time, having met them in the same stage of the tournament in the past two editions, with each winning one of the two.

The first leg is set to take place on Saturday May 15 at the Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo, with second leg scheduled to be played a week later in Pretoria.

Sundowns will face their former, and most successful, coach Pitso Mosimane who left South Africa to sign for the Red Devils last October.

However, despite the difficulty of the game and with Mosimane in charge, Hlompho Kekana believes they can qualify for the next round.

“It is going to be a tricky one, and we know it is going to be more mental than tactics,” Kekana said ahead of the first leg.


“It is going to be an emotional match for these two teams because if you check the previous encounter, Al Ahly lost 5-0 to us, and I don’t think they are happy with that result.

“I’m sure they will come to us knowing very well that we beat them and will try by all means to avenge that because they were not happy with that. At the same time, we are a team that is so ambitious, and we want to make sure that we win the match and take the team to the final. It is not going to be easy, but we are ready for the challenge.”

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