Downs turn their attention to CAF Champions League

Coach Pitso Mosimane has stressed the importance of rotation as Mamelodi Sundowns prepare to shift their attention to the CAF Champions League group stage:

“We are getting our confidence back a little and we are bringing everybody on board to play. We made seven changes in our most recent match from the Arrows game (played on Saturday) and the boys showed they deserve a chance.”

“We are playing in three tournaments – the CAF Champions League, the Telkom Knockout Final and the League (Absa Premiership). So you need everybody to be part of this. We have injuries and suspensions and it’s not easy for us because we have a difficult run.”

Coach Pitso spoke about what he is expecting going into the first Group C clash on the weekend:

“They are a very strong team in terms of physique and aggression and we know the Champions League is not the same as our league (Absa Premiership), it’s all about getting the three points.”

Sundowns face Angolan side Petro de Luanda on Saturday who will be fired up after making a return to the Champions League for the first time since 2010.

Petro come into the game on the back of six straight wins while they have just two defeats in their last 28 games in all competitions. The two sides get their group stage campaigns underway at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium at 21h00.

Sundowns welcome the Angolan side in the Champions League for the first time since 2001, where in that year they played to a 2-2 aggregate draw in the semi-finals which Sundowns eventually won 5-3 on penalties.

15 Responses
  1. Bango

    All the Best, our target is to collect all the points, give our best display and respect all opponents at that level. At least on these matches at that level our players need no motivation , they understand what they are called to do. We can motivate them on domestic cups to consider taking them to another level. They know exactly what is expected of them, all our Home games must leave big smiles to the supporters and give them confidence to execute their goals.KBY

  2. Adam

    Good lucky Masandawana stress free its not our first game to face tough side the boys get used of it we bealive we can do better.

  3. Mbongeni Bhengu

    All the best to the team, we are looking forward to lifting the silverwares this season and will be rallying behind you all the way ???

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  5. Members today we are turning our attention to the Champions league, we will be home and let us fill Loftus stadium and urge our heroes to a resounding victory and start this league properly. I wish you the yellow nation victory so that next week we go there with confidence, We really need to attack and i request our Goalkeepers to control the 18 area. Ka bo yellow Loftus i come. Good luck to the Technical team, the medical team, the fitness team, the Foot soldiers i really believe in your continued hard work and the Vocal yellow nation. Ha Ba Shwe.

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