Rhulani Mokwena highlights 'well-coached' Al Ahly's strengths ahead of Pitso Mosimane reunion

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Rulani Mokwena and Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)
Rulani Mokwena and Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena on Thursday highlighted the strengths of Egyptian giants Al Ahly ahead of a reunion with former coach Pitso Mosimane in a blockbuster CAF Champions League quarter-final clash.

The two sides, seen as competition favourites, will go head-to-head in a highly-anticipated quarter-final first-leg clash at the Al-Salam Stadium Cairo on Saturday.

This match-up offers many narratives as not only will we see the defending champions take on perhaps the form team in the tournament so far.

But also former head coach Pitso Mosimane facing his former side and pitting his tactical acumen against Sundowns' new-look trio of coaches.

Two members - Manqoba Mngqithi and Mokwena - served as his previous assistants as the students will be now aiming to surpass the master over the two legs.

Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's clash, Mokwena highlighted the strengths posed by a formidable opponent in Cairo.

"Al-Ahly are a very good side," Mokwena said. "Well coached, and you can see there is a lot of investment from the technical team.

"In particular, of course, coach Pitso, who we know of the amount of work he puts in behind the scenes.

"You can see because it's reflected in the team, they also have a clear identity who look to start from the back using their centre-halves.

"It is clear to see that maybe in comparison to the profile of some teams that we face in the PSL, they average about 40 crosses into the box per 90 minutes, so they're very dominant in their wing play."

Mokwena added that even as the away side, they aim to dominate proceedings, as is the expectation in all matches played for such a successful side.

"It will be an interesting game, and of course, we've got the responsibility to come to Egypt to not just dominate on the pitch.

"But to also show ourselves as being tactically astute in how we go about our business."

Kick-off is at 21:00 SA time.

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