Caf Champions League preview: Al Ahly v Mamelodi Sundowns
Mamelodi Sundowns will once again carry the hopes of South Africa when they take on Egyptian giants Al Ahly away from home in the first-leg of the Caf Champions League quarterfinals.
Pitso Mosimane charges will have to keep their wits about them as they enter the cauldron on Saturday of what is sure to be a hostile atmosphere in Cairo.
Al Ahly, who hold the record for the most Caf Champions League titles with eight, are currently in red-hot form in their domestic league having won 16 out of 16 matches to sit on top of the table with 48 points.
Sundowns though are no pushovers in continental combat and will fancy themselves to at least keep the tie open when they return for the second-leg in Tshwane.
The South African side did beat the Egyptian kings 5-0 in the tournament last season but that could just serve as extra motivations for the Pharoahs, according to Mosimane.
Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango is a major doubt for the clash after picking up a hamstring strain two weeks ago with Kennedy Mweene on standby to start between the sticks.
Defenders Ricardo Nascimento and Anele Ngcongca are also being monitored as they have niggles, but both are expected to be available for the match.
The match kicks off at 6pm South Africa time on Saturday.