Cape Town - Towering Senegalese striker Mame Niang believes
that TP Mazembe will be the toughest test of the season for Mamelodi Sundowns.
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‘Long Weekend’ as the player is affectionately known says
the Congolese giants will be one of the tougher tests for the Absa Premiership
“TP Mazembe will be one of our toughest tests this season
and very crucial for us in the Champions League” says the lanky forward.
The 31 year old believes that the home match will be the
most crucial for The Brazilians because of the hostile conditions his side may
face in the return match in the DR Congo.
Niang is one of the Sundowns players with more experience in
continental competitions, having played in the Champions League for Senegalese
side ASC Diaraf back in 2004 as a 19 year old and later with Supersport United
in the Confederation Cup back in 2014.
“I beleive they (Mazembe) will come to the match looking to
impose themselves on us but we have to be clinical and tight at the back
because it will be much more difficult in the return match”
“The home match is very important in these kind of
situations because if we take our chances and be tight at the back, we will go
to Lubumbashi with less pressure on our shoulders”
The match against the four time Champions League champions
and FIFA Club World Cup runners up is set to take place at Loftus Stadium.
Kick-off is at 19:00.