Title holders Sundowns ready for Kampala siege

Title holders Sundowns ready for Kampala siege
Denis Okot of Kampala City challenges Tebogo Langerman of Mamelodi Sundowns during the CAF Champions Legue match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kampala City on the 10 March 2017 at Lucas Moripe Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Mar 16, 2017. 09:30

CAF Champions League title holders Mamelodi Sundowns will be prepared for a tough return leg in their first round tie against Uganda’s KCCA.

The teams are set to meet at the Phillip Omondi Stadium in Kampala on Friday, 17 March 2017, kick-off at 16h00 CAT.

The first leg played in Tshwane last Friday saw Mamelodi Sundowns claim a 2-1 victory thanks to early goals from Bangaly Soumahoro and Ricardo Nascimento.

However, the Brazilians eased off after their fast start and allowed KCCA back into the tie, with Geoffrey Sserunkuma scoring what could prove to be a crucial away goal midway through the second half.

This leaves Sundowns’ title defence under early threat, with coach Pitso Mosimane admitting that his side let themselves down.

“We played against a very good team, they are organised and they play football,” Mosimane told SuperSport.

“We let ourselves down. We should have not allowed the goal. But we still won the game and we will go and fight in Uganda. We have put ourselves in this situation, so we should not complain.”

KCCA coach Mike Muteba has warned ‘Downs that they can expect a tough encounter in Uganda, with his side now holding the belief that they can knock out the defending champions.

"The goal gives us an advantage," said Mutebi explained.

"You watched the game. We did not come here to defend. Sundowns is not known for defending. They were attacking.

“I believe when they come back to Kampala they will play like that. The away goal is important. It gives us confidence but that doesn't mean that the tie is over."

The match in Kampala is set to be refereed by Botswana’s Joshua Bondo. The aggregate winners will advance into the new 16-team group stage.

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