Michaelson Gumede
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19 Oct 2016
9:00 am

Dolly warns Sundows not to be complacent

Michaelson Gumede

Keagan Dolly has warned that Mamelodi Sundows must be wary of complacency when they take on Zamalek in the second leg of their Caf Champions League final in Alexandria on Sunday.

The Brazilians hold a 3-0 lead after the first leg in Atteridgeville, a lead that has only been overturned once in the competition’s 50-year history as a two-leg final.

“We know it is going to be difficult going to Egypt. We had a good game (in Atteridgeville), created good chances, but I think we shouldn’t go into the game thinking that it is going to be easy and taking the win for granted,” said Dolly.

“We know that we need to work hard and we don’t think it is over just yet. We know they are quite good at home and we respect them, but if we go in with the same mentality, we will stand a chance.”

Dolly is one of five Sundowns players nominated by the Confederation of African Football for their Africa-based Player-of-the- Year award. The others are Hlompho Kekana, Khama Billiat, Dennis Onyango and Yannick Zakri, while Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune is also on the 30-man long-list.

“Obviously it is good for the team and for South Africa to be among nominations, but it is not about the individuals, it is about the team, and the more the team does well, the better our chances to be nominated for these awards … for now, we must forget about other things and concentrate on the game away to Zamalek.”

Sundowns will leave for Egypt this afternoon, with the game scheduled to be played at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, though Zamalek president Mortada Mansour was quoted in the Egyptian media as saying he wants the game moved to the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

“I want 100 000 fans to be allowed to attend Cairo Stadium to support the team,” Mansour was quoted as saying.

“If my demands are met, I swear we will win 6-0.”