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Sundowns To Pay CAF Price For Extended Campaign?

Mamelodi Sundowns To Pay CAF Champions League Price After Extended Campaign?

By Ryan Gordon - May 21, 2018 09:21 AM
The PSL season may officially be over following Saturday's Nedbank Cup final, but for Mamelodi Sundowns, a gruelling campaign continues apace as they prepare to return to CAF Champions League action in arguably a must-win match.
 
 
The Brazilians lifted the Absa Premiership trophy just over a week ago, finishing the top-flight campaign five points clear of nearest challengers Orlando Pirates, who conceded the title race in the penultimate round.
 
Then, on Saturday, the final curtain came down on the 2017/18 PSL campaign as Free State Stars edged Maritzburg United in the Nedbank Cup final, the last piece of domestic silverware before the teams head off on a much-needed vacation.
 
Not so for Sundowns, though, as they followed up their title triumph with a clash against European juggernauts FC Barcelona on Wednesday, where Lionel Messi and Company secured a 3-1 win over Pitso Mosimane's charges in the Nelson Mandela Centenary Cup at FNB Stadium. 
 
 
The Tshwane giants needed plenty of financial clouts to stage the clash, which reportedly cost Patrice Mostsepe's club over R100m, while they are also believed to have footed the bill to move their CAF Champions League clash against Horoya AC.
 
That match now takes place on Tuesday, where Sundowns head to Stade du 28 Septembre in Guinea knowing the importance of three points after playing out a 1-1 draw against holders Wydad Casablanca in their Group C opener at the start of May.
 
The defending champions then took themselves top of the table with a convincing 3-0 win over rock-bottom AS Togo-Port last week while Downs battled Barca, leaving Horoya in second after their opening-day win over the struggling Togolese.
 
That means Sundowns enter this week's tie in the third position with just a single point, while also failing to win any of their last three outings in all competitions, having ended the league season with a goalless stalemate at Bloemfontein Celtic.
 
In terms of a top-two finish in the group and progression to the CAF Champions League knockout stages, defeat for Mosimane's side this week could prove devastating at such an early stage in the campaign, something that will surely weigh on the head coach's mind when setting out his tactics.
 
Victory, on the other hand, would propel Sundowns joint top, where Casablanca currently hold a three-goal advantage over the South African champions in the Group C standings.
 
Kick-off for Tuesday's encounter, which takes place in Guinea's capital, Conakry, is at 18h00. 
 

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@azzaniawest Joined: 07 Nov 2017
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@azzaniawest May 22, 2018 11:33 AM
@Matayitayi, TAU WAS GIVEN R100m STAGE TO SHOW WHAT HE'S GOT AND HE FAILED AND SO I'M SURPRISED ABOUT YOUR EUROPEAN MOVE SUGGESTIONS
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smosh.com May 21, 2018 06:29 PM
Lol umona ogcwele la sundowns ibulala abantu ngomona we still gonna rule nisazo khala kikikikiki
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Man Phedo May 21, 2018 11:49 AM
@LeCowhlohlo we won't burn stadium
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Man Phedo May 21, 2018 11:48 AM
Doesn't matter how we got a star at the end we got it and even we can be out we won't burn the stadium
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FIFA behind chiefs May 21, 2018 11:30 AM
sundowns can't survive this group stages 100% sure
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Matayitayi Joined: 24 Jan 2014
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Matayitayi May 21, 2018 10:22 AM
Percy Tau must win us the champs league and then go to europe
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scoreman99 May 21, 2018 10:08 AM
Eix watseba the way I'm surrounded by beautiful woman here I even forgot i didn't eat my breakfast yet
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mludowns May 21, 2018 10:07 AM
Thula uzobona!!
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scoreman99 May 21, 2018 10:06 AM
@LeCowhlohlo lol juju ur # killed me bao bolayele nnete lol
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LeCowhlohlo May 21, 2018 10:03 AM
We are not forgot that they won the CCL by hook nor crook. It won't be a surprise for me to see them knocked out of this competition. #mpolayeng

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