Eight Caf Champions League titles play one as Egyptian giants, Al Ahly descend upon South Africa’s capital to take on Mamelodi Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.
The fixture is the first leg of the quarterfinal after the Tshwane giants finished second in Group A and were drawn against the Group D winners who are seeking their first Caf title since winning the confederations cup in 2014.
Their last triumph in the champions league came via beating a South African team in the final, as they eased past Orlando Pirates by beating them 2-0 in Cairo in the 2013 edition after a 1-1 stalemate in the first leg in Soweto.
The Brazilians, on the other hand, can call on a more recent memory of going all the way in the competition, as they were victorious in 2016 – notching up the only star on their crest.
Speaking to the media ahead of the clash, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane noted the gulf between the two teams.
“They (Al Ahly) are the biggest team on the continent. Just look at the badge, just look at the stars.
“Then you realise that we are small boys, we have not done nothing. But it’s okay, we need to try more on the continent and raise the flag. Pirates led us and gave the country two positions in the Champions League and two positions in the Confederation Cup. We took over from them and now we are giving them a chance to play in the Champions League without winning the league.”
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Al Ahly: Head to head
Caf Champions League 2001: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-1 Al Ahly (Final: 1st leg)
Al Ahly 3-0 Mamelodi Sundowns (Final: 2nd leg)
Caf Champions League preliminary round 2007: Mamelodi Sundowns 2-2 Al Ahly
Al Ahly 2-0 Mamelodi Sundowns
Kick off and where to watch
Date: Saturday, 6 April
Venue: Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville
TV and live stream: Supersport 11