The second leg of the CAF Champions League quarter-finals is around the corner and Mamelodi Sundowns will be looking to turn matters around at the Lucas Moripe Stadium after their trip in Egypt saw them go down 2-0.
Speaking at the CAF Media day, defender Mosa Lebusa said that the team is focused on the task that lies ahead: “We are trying to live in the present and not in the past. I think that’s what helps us as a team, the second leg is gonna be a different ball game, we have to give it our all, we have to attack and defend as well.”
Abafana BaStyle showed their quality and competence against Al Ahly with dominance in ball possession, but were unfortunate to concede two goals that now put the team under pressure going into the second leg of quarter-finals. “We made it a little bit harder for ourselves in the first leg by conceding two goals which I feel like we’ve got ourselves to blame but it’s done. Now we look forward to the second leg and we have to work hard.” said Lebusa.
The Brazilians have shown their abilities to come back from seemingly impossible and difficult situations both in domestic league competitions and on a continental level, and it will be no different for this weekend’s battle with the coaches firmly believing in their talented players to finish off what started in Cairo.
Alongside Lebusa at the press conference was Coach Manqoba Mngqithi. Lebusa, who has worn the captain’s armband on numerous occasions this season emphasised that the support from the coaches has been instrumental for their excellent performances: “[The coaches] believes in us, getting such words from the coaches gives us as players extra motivation, an extra push. We want to do better and keep the club in the Champions League.”
Mamelodi Sundowns do battle in the CAF Champions League quarter-finals on Saturday 22 May at Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium, Kick-off is 15h00. The game will be broadcast live On SABC 1.