- "For the first time, I feel that football is playing against football.
- Ramzi spoke on Friday during the pre-match press briefing at the Loftus Stadium
Wydad Athletic Club head coach, Adil Ramzi believes playing against Mamelodi Sundowns is an enjoyable experience for him.
The former Atlas Lions player whose growing coaching profile has caught the attention of his admirers believes in “playing football” as that is what people enjoy watching, which is exactly what his opponents on Sunday are known for.
Ramzi spoke on Friday during the pre-match press briefing at the Loftus Stadium where his side will face Sundowns in the ultimate showdown of the African Football League on Sunday afternoon as reported by the Confederation of African Football Caf.
The Moroccans lead 2-1 after their victory in Casablanca last weekend.
Asked whether he would protect the lead with a more defensive approach, or continue with the impressive style of play seen in Casablanca last weekend, he said: "For the first time, I feel that football is playing against football. I like to play football and the Sundowns coach is the same. I have a lot of respect for him."
This north vs south clash between the two sides, like many fixtures on the African football calendar, has grown into being one of the most anticipated clashes in African football.
What will still linger at the back of coach Rhulani Mokwena’s mind is the Caf Champions League semi-final heart-break suffered at the hands of Wydad last season at the very same stadium.
However, with the backing of the highly vocal sea of yellow fans expected on Sunday, high-octane football entertainment can be expected.
Both Wydad and Sundowns play an attractive-to-the-eye type of football, with similar styles of play of ball retention and intricate passing styles.