Mamelodi Sundowns long-serving captain Hlompho Kekana has said his side found it difficult to deal with crosses into the box when they previously played USM Alger.
Kekana was speaking ahead of their group stage clash against the same opposition in the CAF Champions League at Loftus on Saturday (15:00).
“They (USM Alger) are a very dangerous team, they play direct like Bidvest Wits so in our mind we are still fresh coming from our midweek game against Wits (which ended 0-0),” said Kekana.
“Alger played a lot of crosses inside our box when we played them, the first 15 minutes they were on top of us with a lot of crosses in the box, it was difficult to deal with them.”
Sundowns beat the Algerian side 1-0 on their own turf in December in the first leg but despite that hard-fought victory, Kekana, who scored in that victory, said that they will have to find a way to deal with the aerial balls.
“But if we play the same way we did, the way we normally do we stand a good chance of winning the match,” added Kekana.
Kekana played his 300th game for Sundowns and coach Pitso Mosimane described the hard-hitting midfielder as ‘the best captain at Sundowns in terms of achievements’ and said for Kekana to reach 300 games with a goal away from home in Algiers was the icing on the cake.
Mosimane’s man head into the game against Alger with 7 points from three games and a win with place them in a better position to certainly guarantee them a spot in the quarterfinals of the Champions League but the Sundowns mentor shares the same sentiment with Kekana.
“I believe they (Alger) are going to give us serious problems because they are dangerous on set pieces and crosses. During the away game in Algeria‚ they gave us problems and let’s give them credit for that.”
By FARPost Reporter