An Al Ahly legend is hopeful that Pitso Mosimane's charges avoid Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League.
The defending African champions secured their spot in the last eight with a game to spare after rallying back from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw at Al-Merrikh.
Mosimane claimed after the game that a lot of the sides will want avoid the reigning champions, but club legend Walid Salah El-Din says they must avoid Sundowns in the next round.
“The current Al Ahly generation is not as fierce away from home as ours or the generation of Barakat and Meteb,” Salah El-Din said, as per KingFut.
“I was surprised by Al Ahly’s level in the first-half against Al-Merrikh. We would have lost by a five-goal margin if it wasn’t for luck, the penalty miss, and then the ability of Al Ahly to equalize in the dying moments.
“I am not worried about Al Ahly if they face a North African side, Esperance, Wydad Casablance, or any other team.
“North African teams lost half their strength in the absence of the fans, and here Al Ahly become stronger as long as they play on a good pitch and an atmosphere similar to Egypt.
“I hope Al Ahly will be drawn against a North African side in the quarter-finals, and get as far as possible from Mamelodi Sundowns so that the Reds don’t difficulties in defending their title."
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