Myeni leaning on CAF experience
Posted: 11 March 2017 Time: 13:07
Bidvest Wits midfielder Sifiso Myeni is hoping to put his experience in CAF competitions to good use when they face Al Ahly in Cairo this evening.
The Absa Premiership leaders take on the Egyptian Premier League leaders in a CAF Champions League Round of 32 play-off match for a spot in the group stage of the tournament.
Though he has managed just three starts in all competitions since joining the Clever Boys from Orlando Pirates at the start of the season, Myeni boasts a good history particularly when it comes to playing against The Red Devils.
The 28-year-old is undoubtedly the most seasoned individual, as far as continental club football goes, in Gavin Hunt's side, having previously faced Al Ahly four times – twice in the Champions League group stages in 2013 and again in the CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals in 2015, as Pirates ended as runners-up on both occasions.
In all four of those matches, Myeni has yet to taste defeat against the record eight-time Champions League winners, while his Wits teammate Daine Klate boasts a similar undefeated record, though in just two matches, having left the Bucs in January 2015 and thus missing out on their Confederation Cup run.
Myeni admits Klate and himself will have to guide their teammates on how to approach the match, especially the away-leg, which is set to kick-off at 18h30 at this evening.
"Yeah [my experience will come in handy], I think you have to take in consideration that the [Al Ahly] team has changed a lot, and obviously they've also changed coaches," Myeni tells KickOff.com.
"But it's still a tough game for us because, as you know, there are some guys here in our team who will have their first experience of playing against Al Ahly and travelling to Egypt, so myself and Daine should make sure we share our experience and tell the guys what to expect.
"I think I've played Al Ahly four times – in the Confed Cup and in the Champions League so I know how tough it's going to be. But we just have to work hard and make sure we get that early goal for us to come back with."
Having previously netted in the away leg of their Champions League group stage clash in 2013, Myeni is fully aware of the advantage scoring an away-goal has in the two-legged tie and urges his teammates to put out a disciplined display at the Al-Salam Stadium tonight.
"The aim for us is to try and come away with a clean but I believe, even if we don't get a clean sheet, it's important for us to get that away goal because it will ensure we have something when we come back home," he adds.
"We obviously don't want to go out and defend but we need to make sure that we play according to the tactics as set out by the coach."