Mamelodi Sundowns have been taking full advantage of their longer than usual rest period to prepare for their CAF Champions League match against Petro de Luanda in Angola on Saturday. With no midweek fixtures Coach Pitso Mosimane and his team will be glad they were able to travel to Luanda and prepare properly for their tie:
“To be honest it has been a little bit of a relief to have five days before the match to prepare, normally we have two and a half or three days to prepare.”
“Five days helps us to really get rest and prepare properly. We arrived, the hotel is okay, the training pitch is okay, usually we struggle with training pitches, but our advance team has done a very good job.”
The extra preparation time will no doubt benefit The Brazilians who have had to adjust to the hotter conditions in the countries capital city.
“We were a little bit cold in Algeria in December, now we are here in Angola and it’s hot. 32 degrees and there is humidity, you can see in our pictures, we have to make sure they are not dehydrated. But the players have to adjust, we have no excuse.”
Coach Mosimane has also had manage injuries to some of his players with the number of fixtures but will be encouraged by the welcome return to fitness by some of his players:
“We are only managing Thapelo and his groin. The good thing is that Ricardo Nascimento is back as an additional player in the team, but we still have injuries to Rivaldo Coetzee, Oupa Manyisa, Aubrey Ngoma.
“Another positive thing is that Anthony Laffor is pain free and training and is now ready to be selected for this game as well as upcoming games. We are getting a few players back, we’ve also got Phakamani back now so the squad is starting to get its shape and we’re hoping that Mauricio Affonso will be back soon.”
Mamelodi Sundowns take on Petro de Luanda at Estadio 11 de Novembro on Saturday afternoon. Kick-off is at 14:00 CAT. The match will be live streamed on the Mamelodi Sundowns Facebook page.