Pressure on Brazilians

2018-03-18 06:04
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Pretoria - Mamelodi Sundowns’ goalless draw against Rayon Sports in Rwanda did not give the local team the upper hand.

In fact, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane should be aware of the danger that the Rwandan side poses ahead of the second leg of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League game.

The match, which takes place at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Sunday night, kicks off at 19:00.

Because of the away-goal rule, the Brazilians will have to double anything the visitors put on the scoreboard.

This means Mosimane will probably employ an all-attack approach against a team that is expected to park the bus and try to catch Sundowns on breaks.

In any case Mosimane has always maintained that he does not know how to play defensive football and the only method that produces results is relentless attacking.

Sundowns will be back at full strength after resting more than half of their players during their Nedbank Cup tie against EC Bees on Tuesday evening.

Sunday night'd line-up will feature experienced players such as Percy Tau, Tiyani Mabunda, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Tebogo Langerman.

Mosimane will also be back on the bench after missing the Nedbank Cup to attend a CAF seminar in Rabat, Morocco.

Sundowns supporters are encouraged to wear their yellow regalia to gain free entry to the stadium.

Meanwhile, Cape Town City have a 1-0 lead over Mozambican side Costa do Sol and are in a better position to secure a place in the last round before the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup.

After beating Orlando Pirates on Wednesday, City coach Benni McCarthy will hope to carry his team’s winning momentum into Sunday afternoon’s game.

“After losing four games we want to win as many matches (as possible) and continue with our good run. Winning will put smiles on our supporters’ (faces) and that is our goal,” said McCarthy.

After missing the first leg to attend a UEFA coaching course in England, McCarthy is back and ready to lead his team.

He hinted that the determination and confidence his club displayed against Pirates was just a taste of what’s to come.

“I learned a few things in Manchester and had to introduce them (to the team). I’m happy the players followed the instructions and showed good movements on and off the ball.”

He singled out Teko Modise as the leader of the pack, saying he was showing no signs of slowing down.

“He doesn’t have to wear the (captain’s) armband to be a leader. His experience shows and these youngsters can learn a thing or two from him. It all boils down to his hard work and determination.”

The game will take place at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town. Kick-off is at 16:00.


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