Mamelodi Sundowns forward Phakamani Mahlambi says Al Ahly are not comfortable playing in the afternoon

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Sundowns host the eight-time CAF Champions League winners at Lucas Moripe Stadium in an afternoon kickoff (15h00), which is something the Egyptians are not used to.

Ahly play their matches at night due to the hot weather conditions in Egypt, so they’ll need to quickly adjust when they take on Sundowns in the afternoon.

“I think it’s because of the weather conditions. In Egypt it’s so hot, so they can’t play around 15h00 or 16h00, because they normally play at 20h00 or 21h00, just to accommodate the players,” Mahlambi says.

“We can’t really say it’s an advantage because it’s a game of football, everything can just change in a second. Is it an advantage, but I think if we use that wisely, getting them tired first and then we score goals, I think it’s going to work out.”

Ahly are the continent’s most successful side and Mahlambi knows that they are capable of causing an upset. 

“They are more stable and they are capable of doing miracles, I’ve seen it. I just hope we will manage them and get the result.