local soccer 30.9.2015 04:06 pm

Mahamutsa ready for Al-Ahly attack

FILE PICTURE: Rooi Mahamutsa. Picture: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images.

FILE PICTURE: Rooi Mahamutsa. Picture: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images.

Orlando Pirates defender Rooi Mahamutsa is ready for a rampant A-Ahly strike force when the two clubs meet on Sunday in the second leg of their Caf Confederation Cup semifinal clash.

The Egyptian giants will be looking to overturn Pirates’ slender lead, thanks to a 1-0 victory at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

Both clubs won’t be short on motivation as Al-Ahly are looking to retain their trophy while the Buccaneers want to win this tournament for the first time in the club’s history as they are 90 minutes away from reaching the final.

“We expect a tough encounter in Egypt,” Mahamutsa said.

“Al-Ahly is a good side but they are under pressure to produce a positive result at home. I am expecting a more attacking approach from them and a high tempo match as well, which should suit our style of play. We plan to be resolute in our defence, punish any mistakes they make when they come at us and look to create goal scoring opportunities.”

The outfit leaves on Thursday morning for Cairo, travelling via Dubai.

Bucs will welcome back Happy Jele from suspension while Siyabonga Sangweni will still be out suspended and Oupa Manyisa still side-lined by injury.

They will return to the country on Tuesday afternoon after their match on Sunday at Suez Stadium where kick-off is at 8.30pm.

The match will be played behind closed doors.

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