Pitso Mosimane says he created a monster that's coming back to bite him as the Al Ahly head coach prepares to face his former club for the first time.
Ahly will host Mamelodi Sundowns - whom many have touted as tournament favourites - after their incredible displays in the group stages by qualifying as group winners towards the knockout round with two games to spare.
But with so much history, with Mosimane knowing the ins and outs of the Brazilians, while his successors Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena hold extensive knowledge of his tactical approach - it's set up to be a mouth-watering encounter.
The two-time CAF Champions League-winning coach previously said that the current Sundowns team is one of the best he's ever built and claimed Mngqithi should 'have a coffee and enjoy a cigar' towards success.
And now the well-oiled machine is heading to Cairo with Mosimane knowing he needs to get a result at home to appease the club's demanding supporters and hierarchy and have a chance of progressing to the semi-final.
"Sundowns is a good team, I created a monster and it's coming to bite me but it's okay that's football, I saw Pep playing against Barcelona when he was at Bayern and he lost to Barcelona - I hope I don't lose to Sundowns," he told OnTime Sports before bemoaning the timing of the Cairo Derby before the Champions League tie.
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"They [Sundowns] are resting and we are playing. If it were my way because Ahly is the only time playing in the CAF Champions League representing Egypt, we would protect Ahly and not play a game of the magnitude of Zamalek, especially when Sundowns are putting games ahead and getting rest," Mosimane added.
"But it's the way it is in Egypt, but one day more or one day less won't mean we will lose the match but yes of course the conditions are different, you can see, we dropped a little at the end. The schedule of Egypt is a problem."
The Red Devils will host the DStv Premiership league leaders on Saturday 15 May at Al-Salam Stadium at 21h00 before the return leg in Tshwane seven days later.