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It will be a big fight away to Al Ahly – Onyango

It will be a big fight away to Al Ahly – Onyango

Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Dennis Onyango has made it clear it will be a big fight when they face Al Ahly away on May 15th in the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarter final.

The CAF Champions League Cup holders will host the 2016 champions at the Al Ahly Stadium in Cairo in what promises to be a thriller pitting Coach Pitso Mosimane against his former side.

Onyango who retired from Uganda’s national team, Cranes last month during an interview on Monday night said that facing Al Ahly will not be an easy task.

“ It will be a big fight facing them in Cairo, but we are preparing well enough,” said Onyango live from his base in Johannesburg during the interview with a local TV in Uganda.

The experienced goalkeeper said since they are playing a big team that is also the defending champions, they must bring out their best game. “We must go and bring out our A game because we shall be facing a big team at their home,” added Onyango.

The 2016 African Goalkeeper of the Year said although Mosimane handled Mamelodi Sundowns for many years, a lot has changed at the Club. “Mosimane does not know the current Onyango. During Mosimane’s time as the coach of Sundowns I kept 13 clean sheets and now I have kept 15,” said Onyango who vowed to keep another clean sheet in Cairo.

Mosimane led Mamelodi Sundowns to their 2016 CAF Champions League title when they defeated Zamalek of Egypt 4-1 on aggregate in a two legged final. Last year he left the South African giants to join Al Ahly before leading them to  their ninth title after stopping Zamalek 2-1 in the final.

The tie is also a rematch of last year’s semi-final which the Egyptian side triumphed 3-1 on aggregate. In 2019 under Mosimane, the South African side in the quarter final stage ejected Al Ahly 5-1 on aggregate.

The other pairings in the quarter finals will see Tanzania’s Simba SC travel to face  South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs, while MC Alger of Algeria take on Moroccan giants Wydad AC. A North African affair will see  CR Belouizdad (Algeria) battle Esperance of Tunisia.

 

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