Mamelodi Sundowns versus Al Ahly a game of small margins says Mosa Lebusa

Mamelodi Sundowns versus Al Ahly a game of small margins says Mosa Lebusa

With the tie between Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly fast becoming one of the biggest rivalries on the African continent, defender Mosa Lebusa has spoken about what to expect from this afternoon’s African Football League tie.

Downs host their Egyptian counterparts in the semifinal first leg clash at Loftus Stadium hoping to get the job done early.

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Lebusa knows the Brazilians are going to have to be at their best.

"I think everything is going well so far and we know what we're playing, what we are up against. I mean Al Ahly is a very big team in the continent and them winning the Champions League so many times speaks volumes for itself," Lebusa said.

Sundowns beat Petro de Luanda of Angola 2-0 on aggregate to progress to the semifinals of the inaugural competition, while Ahly had a more tightly contested fixture against Tanzania’s Simba SC which ended 3-3.

Ahly went through on the away goal rule. Lebusa says Sundowns will have to match their energy to have the upper hand.

"We know it's not gonna be easy. We know the amount of work required for us to be victorious. I think we just have to trust ourselves and work extremely hard. I think if we can match their work rate, I think our talent will come on top," Lebusa added.

Lebusa adds the match will be decided on small margins.

"From minute one until the final whistle, the tempo is very high when you play such games and the concentration level has to be on maximum and you can't afford to make any mistakes. So, it's a game of consequence, one team that makes a lot of mistakes ends up losing the game. So, you have to make sure that you make minimal mistakes and every little chance that you get you make the most of it."