Sundowns react to Pitso CAFCL return

CAF Champions League

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena says the pressure is on Pitso Mosimane's Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League quarter-finals.

Sundowns were drawn with the defending champions on Friday at the official CAF headquarters in Cairo for a tantalising last-eight tie with Mosimane returning to his former club for the first time.

After winning a domestic treble with the Brazilians in the 2019/20 campaign, Mosimane resigned to take up the role at the Club of the Century in September last year - where he went on to secure a treble for the Egyptian giants.

But in the current campaign, having lost out to Simba SC for the Group A top spot, the Club of the Century have now been drawn against the club he served for eight years.

"We knew the permutations from the beginning, that we could have a trip to Algeria or a trip to Egypt because it was clear we could not play Belouizdad," Mokwena said.

"Of the runners-up, we only had three permutations and of all the three, all of the teams in the last-eight are very good teams with very good coaches and Al Ahly are the same. They are the defending champions, they have the pressure to win the trophy and the pressure to get to the semi-finals."

Scroll through the gallery to see where Sundowns in Africa now after the 2020/21 CAFCL group stage

Mokwena insists it's a challenge the technical team will relish due to the history they have with the two-time Champions League winner which is set to be their biggest challenge yet since succeeding him at Chloorkop.

"For us, we consider it a very competitive draw against a very good side with a very good coach, someone we have a lot of respect for," Mokwena explained.

"I certainly have a lot of respect because of the role that he's played in my coaching career - as a coach, as a leader, as a mentor. I've learnt a lot from [him] and we're looking forward to the challenge."

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