Mamelodi Sundowns ‘Bafana Ba Style‘ ‘The Brazilians‘ are just two matches away from claiming their first CAF Champions League title “The Star!” since the founding days in the early 70s.
All eyes are on Lucas Moripe Stadium in Attredgeville where the Brazilians will lock horns with The White Knights in the CAF Champions League Final, Sundowns are looking to secure their first STAR in the history of the club while Zamalek will be gunning for their sixth star.
The Brazilians appeared in the CAF Champions League for the first time in 2001 under the coach Ted Dumitru were they lost 4-1 on aggregate to the Egyptian footballing giants Al Ahly.
This time the on-form South African Champions, Mamelodi Sundowns faces Zamalek in their second attempt to claim African’s biggest honor as far as the club football is concerned with the prize money of estimated R14216047.53 and a sport in FIFA’s World Club championship.
“Bafana Ba Style” will be looking at drawing first blood when they host five-time CAF Champions League title winners, Zamalek in the first leg of the final at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Attredgeville while the The White Knights will be looking to contain the home team.
- Zamalek 1 – 2 Mamelodi Sundowns (T Mabunda, K Billiat) Mamelodi Sundowns has beaten the 2:1 away – Read: Sundowns edge closer to CAF Champions League semis
- Mamelodi Sundowns 1 – 0 Zamalek (A Mossad og) Read: Sundowns passes through Zamalek into the CCL semis
According to experts predictions and analysis – Nothing less than a victory for Mamelodi Sundown!, A draw or loose would make their long awaited dream of being crowned Africa’s champions far from reality saying the second leg will be irritating for Pitso Mosimane’s boys.
The host will go into the much awaited CAF Champions League encounter without the complete CBD following Leonardo Castro’s injury few weeks ago, with Anthorny Laffor or Percy Tau are expected to lead the attack along side RED-HOT “Player of the season” Khama Billiat.
Sundowns will also miss the service of Mashaba due to injury while the new signings Sibusiso Vilakazi, Lucky Mohomi, Thapelo Morena, Nascimento and Zakri will not take part due registration issues.
Club spokesperson, Thulani Thuswa said the team has put their disappointing MTN8 final defeat to Bidvest Wits (lost 3-0 on 1 October 2016) behind them and are fully focused on overcoming the Egyptian giants.
CAF Champions League Final Mamelodi Sundowns vs Zamalek Predictions – By News101 sport
Mamelodi Sundowns 3:0 Zamalek
Pitso Mosimane Factor:
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane made it clear that he is not going to change his approach just because it is the CAF Champions League Final, he told the reporter that he will stick to the same formation that beat Zesco United 2:0 in the semi-finals.
Knowing Pitso Mosimane: We expect the attack-attack approach from him for the fact that it is a first leg at home.
Formation: 4-2-3-1 We expect Percy Tau, Khama Billiat and Keegan Dolly to lead the attack in the absence of Leo Castro, with Thema Zwane or Teko Modise coming in from the right flank to empower Dolly to make some moves. Kekana and Mabunda as usual in the middle of the park while Nthethe, Adrense, Langerman and Mbelike are expected to guard Onyango.
Billiat – Dolly Factor:
The Sundowns attack i know! CBD seems to be shaken by the unavailability of Castro but “the sky moves on” with Khama Billiat upfront alone while Dolly provides the passes and assist with attack. We expect Pitso to free Dolly a bit with Themba Zwane or Teko Modise coming on the right.
Obviously the visitors are afraid after what happened last time and will be looking to close down on Dolly and Billiat while leaving a huge space for lethal Percy Tau who we expect to benefit from dead ball situations
Lucas Masterpieces Factor
Come Saturday afternoon, the 28,900-capacity Lucas Moripe stadium will be transformed into a sea of yellow after the club announced that fans who come in Mamelodi Sundowns regalia would get into the stadium at half prize while children sporting the club colours would get free entry. The news been well received by the Sundowns faithful, who will be in full voice to rally behind their side.
We expect the Sundowns supporters to sing the unique “Ka bo Yellow” songs which are sometimes irritating for the opponents and this will make the visitors found wanting.
Following the Zamalek weak defense which conceded five goal in the last encounter with Wydad Cassablanca we expect Mamelodi Sundown to capitalize on the loop-holes at the back to outsmart the visitors with heavy score margin.