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South Africa coach Mashaba to accompany Sundowns to Egypt
South Africa national team manager Ephraim Mashaba will travel to Egypt to support Mamelodi Sundowns in the second leg of CAF Champions League final against Zamalek.
Sundowns secured a 3-0 advantage over Cairo giants Zamalek in the first leg held at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.
Mashaba revealed he was invited to address Sundowns players in the dressing room following the victory. He said he embraced the entire team and congratulated them for a job well done.
The Bafana Bafana coach will accompany the team after he was invited by the South African side to join them in the trip to Egypt to offer moral support to the players.
“It was a great gesture and having spoken to coach Pitso (Mosimane) in the presence of club president Patrice Motsepe, we agreed that I should accompany the team to Alexandria and give the boys moral support,” said Mashaba, according to the South African Football Association website.
“This is good for the country, good for the national team and the entire football family will enjoy the general spin offs from such good showing,” added Mashaba.
The South African coach is expected to leave for Egypt on Friday, 48 hours before the encounter, scheduled to take place at Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Sunday night.
Sundowns, who head into the second leg with a big advantage over their opponents, will be seeking to win their first-ever continental title, while Zamalek will need to overcome a 3-0 deficit to claim their first continental title in 14 years.