Mamelodi Sundowns head coach – Manqoba Mngqithi has said that The Brazilians are very confident of securing a spot in the next round of the CAF Champions League ahead of their second leg clash against Al Ahly at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium tomorrow.
The Masandawana lost 0-2 to Ahly in the first leg a week ago in Cairo but remains hopeful nonetheless going into the second leg.
“We have a bigger responsibility to make sure that at the end of the day, we achieve the outcome that we want,” said Manqoba Mngqithi.
“I am very confident and optimistic that if we apply ourselves very well and stay focused, improve on the kind of mistakes that we made. When we don’t make those kinds of mistakes we win matches.”
Manqoba Mngqithi believes that beating Al Ahly led by their former coach, Pitso Mosimane is a possibility.
“I am still very excited with the way I saw the team performing in Cairo because I don’t think we have ever performed like that away from home and [we were] unfortunate to concede the types of goals that we conceded. In my opinion, you can’t have better ball possession in Cairo if you are not playing well.”
“In terms of the performance, we strongly believe that without improving a lot in that performance but minimizing the types of mistakes that we made, we will always stand a better chance to get the result that we want.
“We are confident in the group that we have, if there is anyone that has the capacity to come back in this match it’s Sundowns.”
He, however, reiterated that Themba Zwane who missed the first leg due to an injury is expected to be on board.
“Based on the report that we got from the doctors and training that he had yesterday, it looks very positive. The doctors have indicated that he’s looking well and in the training session that he had he felt no pain and he’s been training regularly to try and keep himself fit.
“We are more than optimistic that he will help us, upon analysing the game we do believe that the role of Mshishi is still immense in the team.”
Mamelodi Sundowns are runner away winners of the 2020/21 DStv Premier League having accumulated 57 points, seven more points than second placed Amazulu FC  points.