Mamelodi Sundowns are gearing up for a crucial CAF Champions’ League Group C match against AS Togo Port at the Loftus Versfeld on Friday.

The Brazilians are at the bottom of the group and must win to keep alive their hopes of advancing to the knock-out stage.

The Brazilians performed like a well-oiled machine last season. Sundowns didn’t lose away matches in the Champions League. But that lasted until last week against AS Togo Port in Togo, where they lost 1-0.

Although the Brazilians are at the bottom of Group C with two points from three matches Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is optimistic.

Mosimane says:”Hopefully Wydad beat Horoya then you might be second. But you still have to win and I think it’s about time we go to Wydad and win.”

The players are keen to take to the field and make amends for the missed opportunities in last week’s match.

Mamelodi Sundowns fullback Thapelo Morena says: “We’ve been working very hard on what we lacked on. And I think it has been coming out very well. Seeing how they play, I think we just have to double our efforts and convert our chances.”

The Sundowns’ squad has been bolstered by a number of players who still have to be registered for the continental tournament. That means the club will be counting on their veterans for the clash in Pretoria.

The Brazilians also begin their ABSA Premiership title defence against Kaizer Chiefs next Saturday.