CAF Champions League: A look from the other side

Good morning Guys,

We are nearly there, we play Mamelodi Sundowns tomorrow. The 19 players as well as the management all arrived Pretoria yesterday and before we say anything else, let’s give you the list of the full Continent.

Afelokhai, Ocheje, Akas, Ojo, Uwadiegwu, Udoji, Anyanwu, Thankgod, Kester, Ibenegbu, Aliyu, Mfon, Abalogu, Osadiaye, Anaezemba, Etor, Pyagbara, Onyekachi, Onuigbo.

It’s not an official list, so forgive me if I’ve replaced someone with another, we are a little blindsided at this time.

Because I’m doing this from a hospital room, (a close family member is admitted here) I’ll offer you just what I’m able to today. I saw a news article on the Sundowns website. Please make do with it, it’s never stale especially with Enyimba involved. 

Mamelodi Sundowns have buckled down to hard work once more – and coach Pitso Mosimane is confident that the man on whom he has heaped much praise for the conditioning of his charges, Kabelo “KB” Rangoaga will get the boys in much better shape ahead of the crucial clash against Nigerian giants Enyimba next week.

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“You must remember that we only trained for two days effectively, but credit to KB and credit to the boys who showed that they are up to the task”, Mosimane said. “Our preparation (for the clash against ES Setif) was not aggressive, but we were clear in our mind that we had nothing to lose.  As a result, there was less pressure and less stress and we will take this same attitude forward”, he added.

“It was only on the last day of our preparations that we saw some strong work.  But as you saw, a player like (Hlompho) Kekana was not at his best, organisationally and tactically and did not play the crucial passes that we expect of him.Leo (Leonardo Castro) was also not at his best, as he did not have any training at all while he took care of his family – his newborn child was not well and this is what he had to focus on. We gave him an additional two days off. When we gave some of the boys time off (after the Setif game), Leo had to do additional work to get up to speed and we hope he will be better soon. But we also hope all the boys will be sharper.”

Soumahoro Bangaly and Teko Modise had flu – “and we had to keep them apart from the rest of the players so they do not pass it on in the plane”, quipped the coach. However, the warm weather in Setif helped them recover and they are back at work.

Mosimane pointed out that he had to field Siyanda Zwane (a right-footed player) at left back in the absence of Tebogo Langerman (injured) and Mzikayise Mashaba (injured) “and he did well in that position, as did Asavela Mbekile”.

Mosimane hopes to have a more prepared squad and greater selection options for the clash against Enyimba at home and does not want to think beyond this game – Sundowns next take on Egyptian giants Zamalek who beat Enyimba away on a mud puddle pitch in round one to take second place on the Group log behind Sundowns on goal difference.

The Head Coach has insisted that he will be using this CAF Champions League campaign to experiment and prepare for next year and their experience this year will help them in this task. “We have another chance next year and that will be our major focus. We are not worried about our opponents, but will give everything all the same. I will not read anything into Enyimba’s loss to Zamalek on a very bad pitch”.

Enyimba continue their league campaign and will take on Abia Warriors today (Wednesday) – a game postponed from last month – in a clash that will sharpen them up for their clash against Sundowns. They also have a game against Ikorudu United scheduled for Sunday, 26 June 2016. They have not had the greatest of runs in the league, winning only one of their last five games, and sitting on position nine on the log. They have won only nine of their 20 league games.

Football-loving South Africans and patriots are encouraged to get behind Mameluodi Sundowns and fill the stadium come next Wednesday


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There you have it gentlemen and ladies. It’s not the freshest of articles and one could argue it had gone stale but I’m certain about 95%,of you haven’t read it before today and so they deserve to.

It also feels good reading what people have written about you,  their thoughts and their views and how they rate you. That gives you a picture of the kind of test you’re anticipating and if you’re smart, make the right decisions on what has to be done.

Back tomorrow.

‘EnyimbaEnyi

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