Mamelodi Sundowns chase first group stage win

Mamelodi Sundowns chase first group stage win
Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Rodrick Kabwe of Ajax Cape Town during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Rustenburg on 28 April 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Jul 16, 2018. 09:00

Mamelodi Sundowns will chase a first win in Group C of the 2018 CAF Champions League when they take on hosts AS Togo-Port at the Municipal Stadium in Lome on Tuesday, July 17, kick-off at 15h00 CAT.

Sundowns come into the match placed third on the table on two points – behind Wydad Casablanca and Horoya, who have four points apiece – following home and away draws against the Moroccan and Guinean clubs respectively.

The Brazilians opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Wydad in Tshwane and followed it up with a 2-2 result away to Horoya in Conakry – both matches were held in May before the competition went into recess while the 2018 World Cup was played.

Togo-Port come into the match placed at the bottom of the group after back-to-back losses to the two leaders. The Lome-based side succumbed 1-2 at home to Horoya before being thrashed 3-0 in Casablanca by Wydad.

Despite their struggles, ‘Downs coach Pitso Mosimane says he is not going to underestimate the Togolese team.

"I have seen them when they played Horoya, to be honest they were not that bad. Horoya scored in the last two minutes and it was that kind of a game where the goal came,” explained ‘Jingles’.

"Not to say Horoya dominated them. They missed chances. We think we can beat Horoya here. We think we can beat the Togolese team here and we could have beaten Wydad.

“That's why I was angry about that loss because I knew that if we beat Wydad I knew what would have happened."

The South African side will be without Gaston Sirino, as he is suspended, while striker Percy Tau is also out while the issue of his possible transfer overseas is concluded. Yet they will be able to call on new signing Andile Jali.

Tunisian referee Youssef Essrayri will take charge of the clash in Lome, while the other Group C match sees Horoya host Wydad in Conakry at 18h00 CAT.

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