The squad has safely arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the clash. This will be their second Champions League match in 6 days and third of the group stage.
Both teams are highly experienced Champions League participants and previous winners. Mazembe haven’t had the greatest start to the campaign though.
Two draws from two mean that they only have 2 points and are now 4 points behind Mamelodi Sundowns. Playing at home, their need for the three points is much greater that the visitors’.
“The travelling was okay as we had an early flight to Lubumbashi, the environment with regards to the weather has been suitable for us as it is overcast with some showers. We expected very hot conditions but it is good for us and we going to put in the work at training” Rulani Mokwena reported on the Mamelodi Sundowns website.
Ricardo Nasciemento scored the only goal of the game the last time these two sides met in the CAF Super Cup. This cemented The Brazilians’ mantle hold on African football at the time.
This time around they meet in the highly coveted CAF Champions League. Mokwena has analysed the side very well and is looking forward to seeing how TP Mazembe will line up for this one.
“They are a very interesting team and a very good team, defensively they are strong. We watched the last three games they played and from what we saw we know the formation they play.
“We just want to make sure we are ready for a team that has complex personalities. They can be very aggressive as they like to push their wingers and full-backs very high but they can also be conservative as they can sit in a block and play on counter-attacks.
“It will be interesting to see what personalities they will adopt as they need the three points” Mokwena concluded.
Mamelodi Sundowns Will Put The Work In Training!