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Caf Champions League: Predicting Mamelodi Sundowns' XI to face Al Ahly

5:53 PM GMT+4 25/02/2022
Peter Shalulile Lyle Lakay Rivaldo Coetzee Sundowns celebrate
Masandawana will visit the Al Ahly We Salam Stadium where they are set to face the Egyptian football heavyweights in a Group A game on Saturday

GOAL predicts Masandawana's starting line-up with the Tshwane giants keen to bounce back to winning ways after drawing 0-0 with Sudan's Al Merrikh on February 19.

  • Denis Onyango, Mamelodi Sundowns, October 2021

    GOALKEEPER - Denis Onyango

    The 2016 Caf Footballer of the Year-based in Africa is yet to concede in this year's group stage and he will be eager to ensure that Masandawana avoid a defeat in North Africa by keeping his third clean sheet in Group A.

  • Khuliso Mudau, Mamelodi Sundowns, May 2021

    RIGHT-BACK - Khuliso Mudau

    The former Black Leopards full-back, who remains Sundowns' first-choice right-back, will be bracing himself for what will be the biggest game of his career as faces the biggest football club in Africa.

  • Lyle Lakay, Mamelodi Sundowns, February 2022

    LEFT-BACK - Lyle Lakay

    Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane will be well aware of Lakay's threat from set-pieces and the South African tactician is most likely to caution his players against giving away fouls near the hosts' box.

  • Brian Mandela, Mamelodi Sundowns, February 2022

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Brian Mandela

    Having established himself as a regular for Masandawana this year, Onyango is likely to be assigned to man-mark last season's Caf Champions League Golden Boot winner Mohamed Sherif, who is prolific in front of goal.

  • Rushine De Reuck, Mamelodi Sundowns, December 2021

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Rushine de Reuck

    The former Maritzburg United star, who is now Sundowns' first-choice centre back, is set to face his Bafana Bafana teammate Percy Tau in what will be an interesting battle.

  • Rivaldo Coetzee, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2021

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Rivaldo Coetzee

    The Kakamas-born player's main role will be to protect the Masandawana defence and he will have to find a way to keep Al Ahly's influential playmaker Mohamed Magdi Kafsha quiet.

  • Andile Jali, Mamelodi Sundowns, September 2021

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Andile Jali

    The 31-year-old midfield maestro has been one of the most consistent Sundowns players this season and he will come face to face with arguably the best central midfielder based in Africa, Aliou Dieng. 

  • Themba Zwane, Mamelodi Sundowns, October 2021

    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Themba Zwane

    All eyes will be on Zwane as the goalscoring midfielder has the ability to single-handedly inspire Masandawana to a win over Al Ahly having been on the scoresheet the last time Masandawana defeated the Red Eagles which was in April 2019 - a 5-0 win in Tshwane. 

  • Thabiso Kutumela of Mamelodi Sundowns

    RIGHT FORWARD - Thabiso Kutumela

    The hard-running forward injected some speed and urgency into the Brazilians' attack after coming on as a substitute against Al Merrikh and he might be handed a starting berth.

  • Kermit Erasmus, Mamelodi Sundowns, November 2020

    LEFT FORWARD - Kermit Erasmus

    With Gaston Sirino and Erwin Saavedra both out injured, Erasmus is most likely to start ahead of Lesedi Kapinga and Neo Maema due to his international experience.

  • Peter Shalulile, Mamelodi Sundowns, December 2021

    CENTRE FORWARD - Peter Shalulile

    The hard-working forward has been under pressure lately having failed to score in his last four matches and a titanic clash against the reigning African champions is the perfect fixture for him to end his goal drought.