Having done what no other South African team in history has ever done, it is business as usual for Platinum Stars coach Miguel Gamondi.
Minutes after their shock 2-1 win against the mighty Al Alhy of Egypt in the African Champions League third round, Gamondi was calm, telling reporters he had to shift focus to the Absa Premiership clash with Orlando Pirates tomorrow.
As the Egyptian assistant coach Hossam El Badri inevitably promised the Tycoons that it "will be different in Cairo", Gamondi simply credited the win to his players' refusal to succumb to stage fright and their steely determination to compete.
"I am very happy we won. Ahly are the biggest team and I respect them a lot for the way they play. For a team like Stars, this is the biggest result we have ever had, and we will treasure it always," Gamondi said.
The hosts took full advantage of Al Ahly's wait-and-see approach, and when Koketso Mmotong finally put them ahead in the 57th minute, it was a long time coming. When Emad El Naby equalised for the visitors, Al Ahly would have thought they were done for the day, but Edward Williams unleashed a powerful shot to give Stars the advantage.
Gamondi is aware of the potential carnage that awaits them in a fortnight, but said he will stick to what he knows best.
"We will not go to Egypt and put 10 men behind the ball, that is not how I work. We always play honest football. It has served us well before, and I'm confident we will be fine. I know very well how difficult it will be, but we are not afraid," he said.
l Mamelodi Sundowns' media and communications manager Mahlatse Mphahlele believes his team is not out of contention yet, after they lost 4-2 away to Al Hilal of Sudan on Saturday. Surprise Moriri and Josta Dladla scored for the Bazilians.
"We managed to score two crucial away goals and we fully intend to get a win at home in a fortnight," said Mphahlele.