Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rhulani Mokwena has hit back at Al Ahly for their constant complaints ahead of the second leg of the African Football League semifinal.
The two clubs will face each other tomorrow at Cairo International Stadium, Cairo in Egypt, after Sundowns won the first leg 1-0 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Sunday.
Sundowns Confident After First Leg Win
Sundowns secured a narrow victory in the first leg thanks to a wonder strike from Thapelo Maseko in the 52th minute.
The goal gave Sundowns a crucial advantage in the tie, as they seek to reach AFL final.
Al Ahly Unhappy With Match Officiating And Timing
Al Ahly were unhappy with several aspects of the first leg.
They complained about the match officiating, claiming that the referee was biased towards Sundowns and denied them a penalty.
They also complained about the timing of the match, which was played at 15h00 local time, saying that it was too hot and unfair for them.
Mokwena Questions Al Ahly’s Status As A Big Club
Mokwena was surprised by Al Ahly’s complaints and questioned their status as a big club.
He said that Al Ahly are the flagship of African football and should not look for excuses when they lose.
He quoted Jose Mourinho, who once said that big clubs start losing their status when they blame other factors apart from football for their defeats.
He also pointed out that Sundowns did not complain about the timing of the second leg, which will be played at Al Ahly’s preferred time.
He said that he expects a tough and exciting match in Cairo, and that he believes in his team’s ability to reach the final.