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Sep 15, 2017 01:25 PM

Mamelodi Sundowns Are So Confident Of Progressing To The Semi-Finals Of The CCL - Reader’s Voice

Mamelodi Sundowns already booked accommodation and sorted out visas to go straight to Algeria after Casablanca. 

Sundowns hosted 19-time Moroccan champions Wydad Casablanca at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League on Sunday. The African champions will travel to Morocco the following day for the return leg on Saturday next week.  

The winner of this two-legged affair will face either Algeria’s USM Alger or Ferroviario Beira of Mozambique in the semi-finals. Should the Algerians win, they would host the first leg on the last weekend of the month. 

The Brazilians almost met Wydad in the Champions League final last year. The Moroccans rose from the dead after being hammered 4-0 by Zamalek in the first leg in Egypt to win the second leg in Casablanca 5-2, narrowly losing out on reaching the final.  

Sundowns have struggled to make their home ground a fortress, like they did last year, winning all their games at Lucas Moripe Stadium. This year they have been impressive on the road, beating AS Vita and Saint George along with holding Esperance to a goalless draw in the trips they made in the group stages. 

Mosimane is banking on the Brazilians’ showing up against the North Africans in their own backyard, having outclassed Algeria’s ES Setif and Zamalek last year before holding their own against Esperance and he plans to carry his team to the last four. 

*This article was written by a Soccer Laduma reader and reflects their opinion, not that of Soccer Laduma.

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iDunu Sep 15, 2017 01:27 PM
“We are not coming back (from Morocco),” Sundowns’ coach Pitso Mosimane said. “We believe that we will go through. So if we go through, why should we come back? To spend a day in South Africa and then go to Algeria because I believe that USM will beat the Mozambicans? "But football is unpredictable. We have two visas (one for Morocco and the other for Algeria). We have booked for us to stay there for the next two weeks. And you lose money (for the bookings) if you don’t win. “How can we say that we aren’t going to the semi-finals? If I don’t book what am saying to the players? That, we are going to come back (because we will be eliminated by Casablanca)’? No! I book. You need to have a positive mentality. I think that we will make it.”

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