Wednesday Mar 07, 2018. 14:30
Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango says he is expecting a tough physical battle against Rayon Sport in the CAF Champions League today.
The 2016 African champions will begin their continental campaign with a first round, first leg clash in Kigali against Rwanda’s Rayon.
The Brazilians have done their homework on the hosts and are ready for what is expected to be a testing match.
“They are a very good team going forward,” Onyango told his club's website.
“They have a lot of big boys. They’ve got foreigners from Cameroon and Burundi.
“It’s a team that looks to play good football from the back. We respect that but at the same time we are good going forward and defending.
“We’ll do our best not to concede. In the Champions League it’s very important not to concede and it’s important to score away because it gives you an edge.”
Downs flew to East Africa straight after a domestic clash on Friday, giving them ample time to adapt to the rainy conditions.
“It’s good for the players to focus on the game and acclimatise on the weather because since it’s summer in South Africa, it’s the opposite here,” Onyango said.
“It’s been raining almost every day. It was good for us to come early so that we have peace of mind, stay away from the distractions and focus on the game. It was a good decision by the technical team.”