The Bafana Bafana international stresses that the fact that Orlando Pirates collected four out of a possible six points against the seven time champions, doesn’t mean the next two clashes will be a walk in the park.
In fact, the 26 year old believes that Al Ahly have learned a lot from their two previous matches against the Buccaneers and will not underestimate the opposition which might have been the case during the group stages.
“We must respect Ahly and approach the game as if it was our first time playing against them,” said Meyiwa. “This is by no means an easy encounter, Ahly have proven over the years how great a team they are and for this reason we cannot – for one minute, think that the final against them will be a walk in the park.
We need to give them the respect they deserve and we need to play to the best of our abilities if we want to win this competition.”
He added: “It is a crucial game for both teams – Ahly have won this tournament seven times already and I am sure they would like to add the eighth title to their cabinet. At the same time, we are also determined to win our second Champions League title.”
Meyiwa also called on the 12th man – the supporters, to come in their numbers over the weekend to rally behind the team.
“This is the final we are talking about,” he exclaimed. “It’s not an ordinary game; we are going to need our supporters to come to Orlando Stadium in their numbers to rally behind us.
“Everyone saw what happened to us in the DRC (against TP Mazembe), Congo (AC Leopards) , and recently Tunisia (Esperance); the home fans were fully behind their team and did whatever they could to inspire their players to victory.
I would like to see the same when we host Ahly over the weekend. All they (Ahly players) must see when they walk on to the field, is a sea of Orlando Pirates supporters,” concluded Meyiwa.