Sundowns eager to conquer Africa once again

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With the vast experience of competing on the African continent, Mamelodi Sundowns will begin their mission to reclaim the Caf Champions League title at the weekend.

The former Champions League title holders will tackle AS Maniema Union of DR Congo in the preliminary second-round first-leg in the city of Kindu at the Stade Joseph Kabila Kabange on Sunday afternoon (16:00).

Co-coach Rulani Mokwena, who along with Manqoba Mngqithi claimed the DStv Premiership monthly awards for August and September said they know what to expect on Sunday against their Congolese opposition.

“We sent a team to scout on the opposition. We have the experience of going to Congo although we are going to a different city this time. We are familiar with the environment and the weather. We would normally travel three or four days before kick-off,” said Mokwena.

“But [this time] we will leave closer to match-day because of situations we might face like lack of proper training facilities. The feeling is to complete our preparations here and leave a day before the game just to get a feel of the pitch,” explained Mokwena.

“We know their formation and the personality they have. They have great strikers and aggressive wing players. They have quick strikers, and we did a lot of work on them.

Mokwena added: “We will prepare well. We have a responsibility to the country as a whole to do well in this competition and make sure the team is in the right space to win the two legs.”

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By FARPost Reporter