Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane is experiencing an intense week of fixtures, as he must overcome a 0-0 draw and 2-1 defeat from respective first-leg matches - especially considering there are two trophies on the line.
Sundowns will play the second-leg of the MTN8 semi-finals against Chippa United tonight, 21 September, and after first-leg ended goalless, Mosimane’s charges will need to ensure that they make the most of home advantage against the Chilli Boys.
Adding to the pressure, the second-leg of the CAF Champions League will take place on Saturday, 24 September - and Sundowns need to overturn a 2-1 deficit if they hope to get to the final. The Brazilians will welcome Zesco United to the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday, at 19h30, for the second-leg.
Sundowns managed a vital away goal after Khama Billiat’s strike in the first-leg, however, this will not count unless the team is able to able to get a result, without giving away goals to their opponents.
A 1-0 win for Sundowns would be enough to get them through, as they would be tied on aggregate at 2-2, but progress due to their away goal. However, should Sundowns concede more than one goal, then they need to secure an aggregate win to progress.
In the event of a 2-1 win to Sundowns on the night, the game will go straight to penalties, according to CAF rules.
“If the number of goals scored on the away match is also equal, the winner will be determined by penalty kicks in conformity to the laws of the game of the International Football Association Board. The team that succeeds to score the greatest number of penalties will be declared victorious,” reads an extract from the CAF Champions League Regulations.
A draw on the night will see Zesco take their place in the CAF Champions League showpiece match, and will end Masandawana’s dream of being crowned champions of the continent.