Onyango: Sundowns vs Al Ahly becoming an ‘African Derby’

By Zola Doda

Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper, Denis Onyango, believes that playing against Egyptian side, Al Ahly, is becoming one of the biggest Derbies of African football.

Ugandan international spoke to the media ahead of Saturday’s Caf Champions League Group B match in Cairo .

One step closer to the quarterfinals…
We are not looking at the [Caf Champions League] log, we are focussed on the process and the target for the club is to get to 10 or 11 points. Ten points guarantees us a place in the quarterfinals but of course we want to win all the games to get the momentum ahead of the quarterfinals. The most important thing is to qualify for the quarterfinals rather than looking at the position on the log.

Preparations and training ahead of the trip to Egypt…
Preparations are going well and everyone is looking forward to the trip to Cairo to face one of the biggest teams on the continent. It’s always a very interesting game when we play against Al Ahly. It’s becoming one of the biggest Derbies on the continent. Everyone is looking forward to the game and so far so good, we are happy that we are going to play them when we have six points. And looking at the way we have been training this week, we don’t have too many injuries. I believe that the technical team will pick the best team that will get us maximum points.

What to expect against Al Ahly…
Playing against Al Ahly is always a tough encounter – from the airport, to hotel, to the training ground and the stadium because they are one of the powerhouse of African football. We need to stay focussed on our game and try to win because we know when we win we will get to nine points and that will take us one step closer to the quarterfinals.

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