Champions League Group Stage Opponents Announced

For a third year running, Mamelodi Sundowns have been drawn in the same group as Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League.

The group stages draw was conducted in the Egypt capital, Cairo, on Wednesday night and the Brazilians now have a date with their fierce counterparts from Morocco in what is now becoming a battle between two teams who know each other well.

Sundowns were drawn in the same group as Wydad in March last year for the 2018 edition of the continental tournament and then again a few months later for the new edition, which came quickly as CAF were making room for the Africa Cup of Nations.

In our home leg in the group stages during the previous edition of the Champions League, the Brazilians were 2-1 winners against Wydad at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, while they hit back with a 1-0 victory themselves in Morocco.

Last night, it was confirmed coach Pitso Mosimane’s side would be making another trip to Rabat and vice versa against a team that knocked the Absa Premiership reigning champions out of the tournament at the semifinal phase in May.

This time around Sundowns will face Wydad alongside USM Alger of Algeria and Angola’s Petro de Luanda in Group C.

Dates and venues are yet to be confirmed, but it is expected that the games will be scheduled starting sometime next month until March next year, with eight teams (two from each group) going through to the quarterfinals.

35 Responses
  1. Zipho

    Its time to beat them in their own back yard,Pitso should do away with his defensive tactics when playing away,let’s aim for away wins,not away draws

  2. Sokolo

    Right now I don’t know whether pitso is still building the team or he is out of ideas??? Because he likes to play with more defenders on the field, anele, arendse, lebusa, langerman, thapelo, morena if it’s like this, who is going to attack.
    I still saying it again young stars are the future and he must build a team around them not these old players, experience is not everything.
    Maboe at 26 yrs old and pitso said he is still young but to me he is old. We need 17 and 18 yrs old boys in order to develop a strong team that will last for more than a decade to break it and Pitso is not doing that at all.

  3. Mfana

    I like it when we were calling 4 the inclusion of the so called fringe players 2 b given a fair chance by the coach &Pitso just did that 2day and he (Pitso)has proven us that he is right &we r wrong.Pieterse,Jali,Manyisa&Rantie have proven that Pitso must never field them again.I mean like really what was that they displayed in the 1st half?Against Chiefs&they had nothing to lose but to show the coach that u (coach)have been ignoring me 4 a long time here I am,but they were nowhere to be found,I rest my case Pitso go with ppl who want to play for us like Mkhulise,Madjibodu&Lakay.The second half was so appetizing in such a way that I don’t know what to expect on the 27th of October.We fielded an A Sundowns in the 2nd half and Kaizer Chiefs was nowhere to be found.We show great superiority in all departments.Billiat rarely had anything to show us once the big ones.But Pieterse,Pieterse,Pierterse u r a sieve u don’t want to position yourself beware my boy Pitso doesn’t tolerate a performance like that never.Soccer was a winner today but Chiefs must not read too much about today’s results the 27th is another day.Kaboyelo I remain let’s change our focus to the Telkom knockout now.

    1. THANK YOU MEMBER, We tried to drum that in other members ears that let us leave this boys to fight for themselves, I don’t like to criticize our players but what was Mngoma doing on the field today, he even caused us the goal today. however i am only mentioning that because the coach is attacked because he was not fielding him.It is evident that chiefs is not going to stand a chance on us. we also missed chances in the second half, Lackay 2, Hlompho 1, Meza 2.

    2. Busani

      I still believe that they should be given a chance, though in a different manner than that horror game. Like, they need to be introduced slowly in as subs. That will also boost their confidence! I mean, we all know AJ15 is an ever-green class player, A Ngoma lot of potential we knew when we signed him, & Rantie a lethal striker. Oh Laffor, may he recover soon, the pitch misses him. Would like to see Mohomi on field again, rotated with Rivaldo, which I doubt with Mabunda’s return. Or maybe Mohomi & Rivaldo should be rotated with Kekane? Our Captain needs some rest…

  4. Mas

    Most players always complain about not playing, 2day they got a chance and fucked up. NOW I c the reason why Pitso doesn’t feild them. They must not complain anymore, they are useless.

  5. Themba

    So what you guys are saying is we should judge our fringe players on a 1 friendly game against a stronger chiefs. We are not fair on the players. What happened to “Our role as supporters is to support the team selected by the coach “? We played a new team and it would be a miracle to expect them to jell and understand each other on just 1 game. Let’s be fair members

    1. Busani

      I strongly agree member!
      Genuine Mamelodi Sundowns supporters should understand this! Out of these players, I suggest 1 or 2 should be introduced into games, just for them to get their feet with the first team. At least they be given 15 minutes plus. I believe that will be a fair chance, then we can start judging.

  6. Boh

    Them a, I agree with you….we will not stop calling for fringe Players to get a chance… example, Rivaldo play as a middle field player..and we were told he’s converted..Why was he played as a defender yesterday,nor wonder he was lost,and didn’t know what to do, with his partner at the GOAL POST!!!Pisto signed this second hand goal keeper..who has never been no 1,in any team, Chiefs, Supersport..the list is endless..wasidlisa the last games Pisto defended him, cowardly said even S A no 1 make’s mistakes, OF COURSE PROVOKING ITU,and Chiefs,just as he said they always getting penalty… why can’t he shut up… only supporters can say that,his position does not allow him…to say such statements,and he knows it… Chiefs did not take that as friendly… I said the other time, score goals with ur strong team and give a chance to ur fringe Players, remember we were allowed to change 6players.. what more do u want,u started with your weakness side..then expect a MIRACLE, from ur first team, putting them at risk.. of course now emotions are higher,and they human.. look at KEKE miss,we know that’s his cup of tea…PISTO got it all wrong.. nearly enjured our Players..bcoz of,as if he didn’t want to WIN, later he wants a WIN… that’s my taking on yerstday…SHAME..we didn’t deserve it,I feel sorry for FRINGE PLAYERS…it was like swimming with the SHARKS….. YELLOW, SIYABUYA…

    1. @ Boh, why people are commenting about fringe players, we lost as a team but why you always make noise about fringe players not being fielded.The goalkeeper was brought here to compete for the line up. Pitso told us that all what he need at the team is competition. Pitso has the right to make his comments, maybe you are a chiefs fan and this is for sundowns supporters. We pointing out errors made by the players because people were talking as if those players will just click and make us win. Pitso is a great coach you can make your big noise or keep quiet. Yesterday i saw that your Zebras will never beat us on the 27th.6-0 is really loading OUR PLAYERS ARE MULTI POSITIONAL LIKE RIVALDO. All what i am saying is that let us give the master techtician do his things.

  7. Boh

    Mzimela don’t say that,u will be told to shut up,coz ur a Chiefs supporter by KICK AND boboza…my man u not teaching me anything,and this platform is for us to voice our concerns and compliment… I have never insult anyone here,1 I’m Sundowns supporter…we don’t insult each other..but have opinions, always expected that one may differ.. which is normal and willing to learn,or to be corrected…and I ve been wrong many times in my Life…just as time read carefully then correct me, don’t insult me..and say I make noise…u don’t know who am I, what do I do…. I write becoz of the love of the game… Im a MAN….BELIEVE ME FACE TO FACE…u will never tell me I make noise… this is my LAST WRITING, I’ll miss talking to other members… WILL MEET AT THE STADIUM… Kabuyellow..

  8. Themba

    Member some of us value your input and contributions though we might differ sometimes. So please continue making your contributions. Please don’t quit

  9. joejnr

    I like your point Mzimela, but as long Pitso cant be reprimanded we will continue living with this issue. It was not the first time this guy did those kind of mistakes, but he still getting more chances. Thela never got one. Rivaldo is not Downs material. Ernest have done his home work and it worked for him. This proves to us who is clever coach between the two coaches.

  10. Mzimela

    members the way we talk seem as we forgot very have right and different option we are fun or spectators Motsepe sole own why we call each other by names south africa a freedom country freedom speesh fredom of expression

  11. You cannot say that because the Zebras won a friendly game then their coach is more clever than Pitso, I am not going to mention Pitso’s success here many Sundowns supporters know that and I am not going to get angry to our boys because we lost a friendly game, I could see that we played our fringed players from the first whistle until half time and the Zebras continued until the 75th minute playing their A team. and during that time we were pressing them and just missed those chances and I know that on the 27th we will see many people running into loftus stadium. I have a clear believe in all the players BUT let us not insult our personnel. that is NOT CORRECT AND I WILL NOT KEEP QUIET.

  12. Bango

    We are persuaded for better things this year, be it in Caf , Psl , Telkom and Nedbank cups. We lost to Kaiser Chiefs last weekend. It was Sundowns playing, whoever was playing represented the Yellow Nation and we were unfortunate to receive the biggest ever scoreline in recent times. It was good for the players to check their level as far as competition is concerned. l believe now they will compete with zest during training. Those two ex -Sundowns players were too good for us, you may be tempted to say they wanted us to see that they can still deliver in that CB combination, it was the first time they showed that display. Its good for us to get such an alarm, then players must know what to expect, l still believe we can score more goals in a match. Whoever gets an opportunity to play , do it as if it is your last match, that attitude has helped average players to be very important footballers, players ought to have the right attitude and do the right and expected thing on the field of play . Us supporters we will always want a win at all costs, we are sorry we are not planning to change on that anytime soon. We love those wins, that is what pushes us to go and watch and cheer. Those who got the experience of a halftime result must lift their heads up and be ready, this is the world of modern football, walala wasala! All the BEST , on Sunday against Usuthu, Mid week against Highlands Park and the big one,wounds are still fresh!

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