Mamelodi Sundowns takes on Tunisian Giants ES Tunis for the first time in history of the CAF Champions League on Friday at the Lucas Moripe Stadium
Both teams are siting on four points in the Group C of the CAF Champions League and eye a breakaway victory.
— Espérance de Tunis (@ESTunis_Tweets) 2 June 2017
The defending African champions’ coach Pitso Mosimane has made it clear that his side wants the three points so the pressure to catch up goes to Tunis.
The two sides both drew goalless against St George, and both won 3-1 against AS Vita Club, but Sundowns’ hope lies in the fact that Tunis have to go into the cauldron that is the home ground of Vita, while Tunis hope that St George halt Sundowns in Ethiopia.
The two sides have not played each other before, but they are quite familiar with how they each play. The Tunisians have won the Champions League twice before, and have the experience learned in previous campaigns.
Morale boost for Mamelodi Sundowns duo, as Yannick Zakri and Anthony Laffor we listed in the CAF Best XI for Match Day:
— CAF (@CAF_Online) 2 June 2017
Sundowns showed their credentials when they went into the DRC to outplay and outwit Vita in a classic display. Yet their performances at home have not delivered the results expected of them. They have only won once at Loftus, and once away twice in their last six, with the rest of the games ending in draws.
ES Tunis known as Espérance are top of their domestic league, and have won four of their last six games while Sundowns lost the domestic league title to rivals Bidvest Wits.