Soccer Laduma speaks to Bajo Bajani, a player agent from Congo-Brazzaville, ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns’ CAF Champions League away tie against AC Leopards.
Bajani speaks on some of the challenges that Masandawana will possibly encounter when they face Leopards in Congo.
“The city of Dolisie is very far from Brazzaville. What Sundowns should not do is take a flight to Brazzaville. They must take a flight to Pointe Noire and then, from there, drive to Dolisie. Dolisie is near the border towards Gabon.
“The pitch is very, very, very bad. They must ask Orlando Pirates… they will tell them. I’m telling you, the same way AC Leopards got a red card in South Africa, Sundowns should know that they will even get two on the weekend because the president of that team is a powerful person, hey.
“He is the right-hand man of the country’s president, like I told you last week. He is the financial director of the presidency, so the guy has got a lot of money.
“When you play in Africa, it’s not easy. Sundowns might be leading 2-0 at this stage, but let me tell you something... only Orlando Pirates beat that team twice in African competition.
“That team beat Zamalek and all these other teams in Congo-Brazzaville. In about 75 percent of their games on that ground, they always get a penalty. Only Pirates were never on the receiving end of any of that nonsense and they should count themselves lucky.
Masandawana are on the back of a 3-1 defeat against Bloemfontein Celtic in the Absa Premiership.
Do you think Sundowns can match the dominance shown by Orlando Pirates in previous CAF competition editions?