Mamelodi Sundowns face tough week ahead

Kennedy Mweene, Lebogang Maboe, Gaston Sirino and Anthony Laffor of Mamelodi Sundowns
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It’s a tough week for Mamelodi Sundowns. The team will be looking to consolidate its position in Africa’s most lucrative club football competition, the CAF Champions League and in the ABSA Premiership.

Pitso Mosimane and his troops will take on Maritzburg United at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday evening and will play a CAF Champions League match on Saturday.

Wednesday’s match will show whether 2019 will offer any form of relief for Sundowns. While they take on Maritzburg United, Sundowns forward Lebohang Maboe says the players also have one eye on Saturday’s match against Wydad Casablanca of Morocco.

‘‘If we win on Saturday we know that we’re back on track for CAF and we’re looking forward to going through the group stages. So, it’s going to be a trick and important game for us.”

But first up Maritzburg United – a team desperate for points and a team that beat them 3-1 in the Nedbank Cup in 2018.

Sundowns are fourth on the ABSA Premiership log, eight points behind log leaders Bidvest Wits, but have four matches in hand. They are, therefore, on course to successfully defend their league title.

Sundowns keeper Kennedy Mweene has cautioned his team mates to keep their eye on the ball.

“Maritzburg … they are also fighting for points because they are down there. So, it’s not an easy game and games in hand is not points collected.”

Wednesday evening’s match against Maritzburg United kicks off at 19:30.