Lebusa Looking Forward To Champions League Debut 

Mamelodi Sundowns’ defender Mosa Lebusa is looking forward to making his debut in the Caf Champions League when the Brazilians take on Leones Vegetarianos on Wednesday at Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín in Equatorial Guinea.
The 2016 Caf Champions League winners are appearing in this competition for a fifth successive year – a record for a South African club. Lebusa will rest assured knowing that he is surrounded by a group of players who are experienced when it comes to playing in this competition.
“It’s very exciting,” Lebusa said from Equatorial Guinea. “I am looking forward to it. I’ve heard the guys talking about it. It’s not easy to play in the Champions League. You have to be strong physically and mentally. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve watched a couple of Sundowns’ games of their previous matches in the Champions League. They play different teams from different leagues and the mentality is different from what we are used to back home. You have to be mentally strong more than anything else. Mental strength plays a big part because the travelling here was madness. But we made the most of everything. Everyone here knows the goal and we’re just focusing on winning the first game.”
Sundowns were greeted by rain upon their arrival in Equatorial Guinea after a long trek via Ethiopia. Sundowns travelled almost 20 000km in 39 hours. As if the journey to get to this match wasn’t hard enough, the Brazilians have an even tougher journey in their return. They will still travel via Ethiopia and land in South Africa on Friday. Two days later they take on their Tshwane rivals, SuperSport United, in the derby of the country’s capital. Three days after the Tshwane Derby, Sundowns hosts Vegetarianos at Loftus Versfeld in the return leg of the Champions League.
“If you think about everything, considering the travelling, it’s madness,” Lebusa said. “But then again we are professional players, we can’t complain about that. Our job is to play football and that’s where we are happy. If the fixture comes like that, we have to take it on the chin and go with it. If we can get two wins out of this – now and on Tuesday, we can get the momentum we need because we’re playing a number of games in a short space of time. It could even help us improve our position in the league.”
The versatile defender, who can play at left-back and as on the left side of central defence, is out of his comfort zone at Sundowns – a team that possesses a galaxy of stars.
“The pressure is different here in the sense that you have to win every game,” Lebusa said. “I play for a very ambitious team right now. The pressure of winning is massive compared to where I come from. As a player, you set yourself targets. You want to win. You wan to do good if given a chance. The pressure will always be there, what’s important is how you handle it.”
24 Responses
  1. thank you for de win team, what happened to Thendo Mukumela ? was he loaned or sold? I urge Pitso to protect TM bcoz he is a future bafana captain . TM was @ the U17 world cup and again he was @ the world with U20s . plz Pitso when you loan Thendo at least consider Maritzburg United. A PSL team is what is needed by Thendo & Malebogo Modise. It is my suggestion , we need junior internationals to play at psl

    1. I think Pitso is doing well by loaning our boys to teams were they will get game time. Let me take this time to wish the bush soldiers the best of the luck in today’s game, I wish Jeremy score a hatrick if he plays. This man deserve to be the top goal scorer at the end of the season. I will really miss today’s game due to work commitments. i Will be there on Wednesday. The rats pulled cables yesterday and got choked. We need to close the gap. I am banking on Professor Sirino, Mshishi, Maboe, Phakamani,The Sniper, Oh Captain my Captain, Sugar Mabunda, Anthony Snotty Laffor, Dennis Onyango,The ever improving Lebusa, I am also looking at Rivaldo to get that fitness. Masandawana kaofela enjoy this festive season.

  2. dankie for the win guyz , we played an entertaining football
    especial in the first half. plz Pitso buy Frosler from Wits
    & bring back Thendo & Makgalwa @ de end
    of the season ….

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  4. South Africa might get it wrong again..
    we have U23 players who helped our team to qualify for olympic
    games .I will mention
    few of those players
    Noredien, Mobara , Rikhotso, Mngonyama , Ntshangase S , Ntshangase P, Motupa & Mvala to mention few… why we do nt see these guyz in bafana bafana colours ? why are we still lackin when it comes promoting players ? the same thing take place even in our u20 . where is grant Magemaarn? Thendo Mukumela ? Malebogo Modise? Repo Malepe? Frosler ? Plz Pitso u are the only coach that can help this nation by signing these U20 stars. they know how to qualify , they have a world cup expirience……. …

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