All eyes have been focused upon the recent CAF Champions League fixtures and more importantly, upon the drawings that are set to determine which teams will be meeting one another before heading off to Cairo to compete in the finals. It has recently been announced that the Mamelodi Sundowns are set to face Al Ahly in the upcoming quarterfinals; a match certainly set to test the mettle of this formidable team. While it has always been known that the Sundowns will face stiff competition from the African League, the real question involves whether or not they are up to snuff in regards to battling it out against Al Ahly. What do the experts have to say and why are online sports betting enthusiasts keeping a close eye on the latest developments?What About the Goalkeeper?There are many concerns which coach Pitso Mosimane will need to address before battling Al Ahly. Not only are issues such as travel times and playing away from the home pitch understandable worries, but the physical condition of goalkeeper Denis Onyango has been called into question.Mr.
Onyango had to be walked off of the pitch after doing battle against Chippa United due to what appeared to be a hamstring injury. Any hamstring injury is a potentially serious situation; particularly if we are referring to a tear as opposed to a simple strain. The good news is that updates have hinted that his muscle is indeed tight, but that there is no physical injury. This still leaves us wondering whether Oyango will be agile enough to take on Al Ahly. Be sure to wait until the new CAF Champions League fixtures and betting odds are online and check for interesting matches.
We will have to see what Onyango will bring to the table (assuming that he is deemed fit enough to take the pitch).Possible Concerns About FavouritismWhile there is no doubt that the Sundowns face an uphill battle in reference to the CAF Champions League, their issues could very well be exacerbated by what some fans have called a slight degree of favouritism on the side of Pitso Mosimane. Some claim that he chooses to work with the same eleven players every game although there are plenty of other talents who should be regularly featured on this pitch. This could result in two potentially dangerous outcomes. First, a lack of rotation may cause the benched players to lose motivation in regards to the competition in general. Secondly, even a minor injury could drastically upset any strategies that might have otherwise remained in place.
This lack of flexibility will certainly be noticed by the competition.What can we expect during the upcoming weeks? This is an impossible question to answer and one of the many reasons why this competition is so very popular. However, we can be certain that every team will be bringing their best to the event and fans from all walks of life should be in for a heart-stopping experience in the near future.