Josephs: Wits are up for Al Ahly test
Posted: 10 March 2017 Time: 12:12
Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs has welcomed their CAF Champions League clash against Egyptian giants Al Ahly, and calls on the senior players to step up.
Josephs has seen his number one spot in Gavin Hunt's side come under threat with Darren Keet taking his place in recent months, however, he made a positive return against Chippa United on Tuesday, keeping a clean sheet in their 0-0 draw.
The Braamfontein-based outfit will face Egyptian Premier League champions in their Round of 16 first leg clash at the Al-Salam Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with the two sides battling it out for a place in the first round.
The 36-year-old former Bafana Bafana shot-stopper is well aware of the demands of competing on numerous fronts, having been a key figure in Orlando Pirates' double-treble years from 2010 to 2012, before returning to Wits in 2013.
Despite missing out on the Bucs' continental campaign in 2013, when they lost to Al Ahly in the final, Josephs is wary of The Red Devils' quality and insists the Clever Boys are up for the test of facing the record eight-time African club champions.
"It's something we're looking forward to because we're obviously coming up against one of the best teams in Africa," Josephs tells KickOff.com.
"They are not the best because Sundowns are the best in Africa, but it's going to be nice to test ourselves against them and we're looking forward to the game.
"It's going to be a very tough game but we're up for it. We wan't to get the result and progress and see how far we can go in this tournament."
'Slimkat' also feels the senior players with more experience need to step up on such big occasions, but says a victory in Cairo is not as essential as coming home and terrorising the Egyptians.
"It's very important for the senior guys to step up. We're going away first so it's about remaining calm over there and understand the context of the game," he adds.
"The context of the game is that we don't have to win there. We still have a return leg and that's where we need to be at our strongest.
"We need to keep our heads down and take our chances when we get them."
Kick-off of the clash is scheduled for 18h30.