Pitso Mosimane led Mamelodi Sundowns to the first, last, and only CAF Champions League title in 2016 when they defeated Zamalek of Egypt 4-1 on aggregate in a two legged final.
Last year, Mosimane left the Masandawa for, Al Ahly, the world’s most successful club, Africa’s club of the century, and eight-time African champions, before leading them to their ninth, again defeating Zamalek 2-1 in the final.
Mosimane is still trying to find his way into the hearts of Al Ahly fans as he tries to bring them more success on the pitch, however, if he is to succeed, he will have to do break some strong bridges.
The quarterfinal draw for the 2021 Total CAF Champions League drew Al Ahly against Mamelodi Sundowns, the worst time for meeting for both teams.
Mosimane might have moved on with work, but the relationship and bond he had built with Sundowns is too strong to think that it won’t be an emotional return to the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
He has moved on already, but even today, his blueprint is being employed by Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena, his trusted assistants in the green and gold. The former two also work with Steve Komphela now.
Sundowns have also been built around players like Denis Onyango, Kennedy Mweene, Hlompho Kekana, Ricardo Nascimento, Gastón Sirino, Themba Zwane, and Sibusiso Vilakazi, a crop Mosimane treated like sons.
So the meeting between these two African giants will be centered around one man, and for obvious reason, but also there is a lot a stake, for Pitso but also Sundowns.
By the way, it will be the third straight time, the two teams meet in the quarterfinals of the competition, each team has won one tie in the last two meetings.
Al Ahly will host the first leg between the 14th and 15th of May in Cairo, before being hosted in South Africa on the 21st-22nd of the same month for the second leg.
The draw has also disclosed that the winner of the clash between the Red Devils and the Brazilians would play against the winner of the CR Belouizdad and Esperance Sportive de Tunis meeting in the semi-finals.
The full Champions League quarterfinal draw
Al Ahly (Egypt) vs Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
MC Alger (Algeria) vs Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco)
CR Belouizdad (Algeria) vs Esperance de Tunis (Tunisia)
Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) vs Simba Sports Club (Tanzania)