Mamelodi Sundowns forward Phakamani Mahlambi wants the team to take a comfortable lead to Egypt

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Sundowns host the eight-time CAF Champions League winners at Lucas Moripe Stadium in a first leg quarterfinal clash, knowing that they cannot afford to slip up on home soil. On the two previous occasions Sundowns played Ahly, in 2001 and 2007, they drew the first leg at home and went on to lose in Egypt. 

“We obviously want to win the game and go to the semifinals, hopefully it’s going to come through,” said the former Bidvest Wits player, who says he still speaks to some of the Ahly players.  

“I think if we can get three goals, we will be in a good space, because with those North Africans it’s difficult to play them away with their fans. So I think three goals at home will be good and maybe if we go there [for the second leg] we can get one or two.

“We will score three. With the quality of squad we have and the good coach we have, I think it will be easier when we work for each other. We can overcome the situation.”

Having played for Ahly before, Mahlambi would know some of the key men and probably give his teammates the necessary information, but he is confident that the Sundowns technical team will gather intel on Ahly and come up with a solid plan to overcome the Egyptian giants.

“With the technical team, they have people who analyse everything. So I think it’s for them, not for me. They are team that play more like english football. They are tactically good. They have a good players. They are coming here to fight, but we have to wait with our weapons and get ready to fight,” Mahlambi said.

The second leg will be played at Suez Stadium.