Pitso Mosimane not throwing in the towel as yet

Al Ahly's Aliou Dieng and Mamelodi Sundowns' Themba Zwane vie for the ball during the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarterfinal on Saturday.
Al Ahly's Aliou Dieng and Mamelodi Sundowns' Themba Zwane vie for the ball during the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarterfinal on Saturday.
Image: Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Given Mamelodi Sundowns' good home record in the CAF Champions League this year, coach Pitso Mosimane remains optimistic that they will overturn the
2-0 deficit against Al Ahly in the second leg.

The Brazilians suffered a 2-0 defeat in Cairo this past Saturday in the first leg, with the return leg set for Lucas Moripe Stadium this coming Saturday at 3pm.

Mosimane believes they will still progress to the semi-finals. Sundowns will need to score three goals or more without reply in order to qualify for the next round of the competition.

"Two goals is a bit difficult for us to turn the results around but we have to turn the volume up in Pretoria, we don't have an option," Mosimane said after the match.

"We have to score in Pretoria but congratulations to Al Ahly, but we managed to deal with the pressure. Come to Pretoria it's a different story there, ask other teams. It's totally a different game and I can't explain it."

If Sundowns need some inspirations though, they will need to look back at last year, when they thumped Al Ahly 5-0 in the quarterfinal in Pretoria. But it won't be easy to repeat that performance as the Red Devils have shown some improvement since.

Mosimane's side had chances to score what would have been a crucial away goal, with the best chance coming to Themba Zwane when he was set through on goal only to steer the ball to Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy.

"I'm crying for that opportunity in the first 20 seconds. We could be speaking a different story now. We didn't sit back, Al Ahly was pushing us back. I had to protect goals. The game would have been different if we didn't miss the chance in the first 20 seconds," Mosimane said.

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