Almost a year since Mamelodi Sundowns historically beat Al Ahly in Cairo last season, Soccer Laduma takes a trip down memory lane to look at what was key to the side's victory over the Egyptian giants.
Sundowns beat Ahly on February 26, 2022, thanks to a goal from Thapelo Morena in the final 10 minutes of the match, as the DStv Premiership champions registered their first ever victory over the Egyptians in Cairo.
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Going into this weekend's clash, Soccer Laduma traces what was key for Sundowns leading up to the match, which could be a key factor for the upcoming encounter.
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Leading up to the clash against Ahly last season, Sundowns had an impressive record of just one defeat in 20 DStv Premiership matches. The side was unbeaten in the Champions League and had already bagged the MTN8 title early in the campaign. Masandawana are in a similar situation now, with head coach Rulani Mokwena having won every single game he has been in charge of since taking over the reigns before the FIFA World Cup.
Before the clash against Ahly last season, Sundowns were rotating the squad a bit, due to the tight schedule, while injuries also played their part. This allowed for the club to keep the squad fresh. Currently, Mokwena has been rotating his side since taking over, giving opportunities to players to ensure they are able to handle the heavy load.
Leading up to the clash against Egyptian giants, Downs had kept three clean sheets in a row in the Champions League, including their final qualifying round clash against Maniema, in the second leg. In their first two group stage matches against Al Hilal and Al Merrikh.
This will be the 13th time to two sides are drawn against each other, with the clash set to get underway on Saturday at 21:00.
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