The Sea Robbers will have a mammoth task of defeating Al Ahly on the reverse leg in Cairo, this after conceding a gaol (in the 1-all draw registered) in the first leg here in Johannesburg.
He said the last few days he had to work with the side, gave him ample time to iron the teams’ scoring deficiencies and is now confident his players will be in better shape for this eagerly anticipated encounter on Sunday night.
Rodger de sa insisted that the away goal the Egyptians scored in the first leg, will be no distraction for his team.
“We will have to go back to them with a positive attitude,” De Sa explains. “This a final match which will not only be tough for us but for the opposition too – we know what we have to do and will certainly try to play our normal football and rely on what has been working for us.
“Although we got to them under totally different circumstances, I think they pretty much know what we are capable of doing against tough teams – we drew 1-all the first match – it is not too bad for us,” said de Sa.
The South African outfit will for this match be minus the services of two key players in Andile Jali and Happy who are serving yellow cards suspensions – but de Sa insists he will have a strong squad to battle against the defending Champions of the African Champions League.
“It (the suspensions) might be the same with them…we have got to soldier on on with whom we have available and fight.”
The team leaves to Egypt at 21.45.