It’s a massive CAF Champions League weekend for Mamelodi Sundowns. The Brazilians square off against Angola’s Atlético Petróleos de Luanda in their quarterfinal second leg fixture on Saturday, the 23rd of April, 2022.
Sundowns who narrowly lost the first leg in Angola by a 2-1 scoreline (their first loss in the competition this season) will be gunning for success at the iconic FNB Stadium as Bafana Ba Style eyes a semi-final place in the continent’s premier club competition.
In the build-up to the gigantic clash, Coach Manqoba Mngqithi spoke about the objectives of the team this weekend, “the first half of this fixture was completed in Luanda. Now our attention has shifted to the second half of the clash which will be at FNB Stadium. That is exactly where our focus is at the moment,” Coach Manqoba stated.
As part of the countdown to the mammoth game this weekend, Masandawana has gone one step further to ensure that fans come out en masse to Nasrec to support the Chloorkop -based side. A Supporters Appreciation Day will be held with live music performances from the likes of Cassper Nyovest, Makhadzi, Kabza De Small, Young Stunna, King Monada, and Hlogi Mash.
Throughout the week, The Brazilians have been involved in several activations around the Gauteng Province, which started in Tembisa, before moving to Maponya Mall in Soweto and Pretoria. The highlight of the week was in Chloorkop on Thursday where the “Yellow Nation” had the opportunity to flock in their numbers to the training ground where the first team trained ahead of the massive showdown on Saturday.
“This is a great initiative from the club, to allow us as supporters to come here and witness our boys preparing hard at training. We usually watch them on television and see them play at the stadium, but to watch them train live is an experience I will never forget. We will be at the stadium on Saturday, singing and backing our boys. We want to win this competition and the time is now, a Sundowns supporter confidently expressed.
The supporters who came through to the Open Day also had an opportunity to get vaccinated and receive their tickets in support of the vaccine drive.
One supporter who came from Mamelodi expressed his feelings about being able to watch his favourite club at training and alluded that “Mamelodi Sundowns is a big club that looks after its supporters. Being here is a day I will cherish for the rest of my life. As you know, we have been battling the pandemic and now being here is a great moment. Seeing the likes of Andile Jali, Surprise Ralani and the rest of the team is something big and we know that this is not the end because we are confident that the team will continuously thrill its supporters regularly. We are confident of getting the job done this weekend so we can reach the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League.”
It’s all systems go for the clash at FNB Stadium and the gates will be open at 15h00.