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Downs Fan: 'The Absence Of Tau & Billiat Impacted On Our Game Against Togo-Port'

Mamelodi Sundowns have not been having a good run in their current CAF Champions League journey, with the Yellow Nation at the bottom of Group C.

The Brazilians have played three games in the competition to date, with two of them resulting in losses and the other ending in a draw. In their recent encounter against AS Togo-Port, Pitso Mosimane's side suffered a 1-0 loss away from home.

Supporters Club caught up with Masandawana fan Oupa Baloyi, who believes that not all is lost and that the South African team will take advantage of the home ground when they host the Togolese visitors on Friday evening. He also commented on the departure of Percy Tau, who recently signed for Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion.

"A lot has happened during the greatest show on earth, the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia," he said.

"We saw the departure of two of our hugely talented players in Percy Tau as well as Khama Billiat. Players come and go. We have seen this in the past seasons, we had the likes of Alje Schut, Bongani Zungu, Keagan Dolly, just to mention a few.

"On the Togo encounter, I am a bit gutted we suffered our first ever defeat at the hands of AS Togo-Port at their own backyard. I am pretty sure our tactically astute coach Pitso Mosimane has noticed a thing or two that deprived them of a win or draw against Togo.

"Defensive errors at the back is the one that handed our nemesis mileage to cause us an upset. I cannot apportion blame to anybody. The boys gave a good account of themselves. Victory just eluded us. Our troops have, yet, not gelled well. We have got new players who are still acclimatising with our style of play and the philosophy of the coach.

"Over and above, the mere fact that we went into that game with no services of the duo of Percy Tau and Khama Billiat impacted on our performance. I had a glance at the current standings in group C. There is still a beacon of hope. We are playing Togo tomorrow (Friday) and we should do well.

"If we pull up our socks in the two remaining games, we will jump out to the knockout phase. That is if we put in a more concerted effort. There is no room for complacency."

Do you think Masandawana will redeem themselves against Togo-Port when the host them on Friday? Leave your views in the comments section below.

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