Mamelodi Sundowns host Egyptian giants Zamalek in a crucial Caf Champions League fixture at the Lucas Moripe Stadium Wednesday evening.
Safe in the knowledge that a point will ensure the Brazilians a place in the semi-finals, coach Pitso Mosimane is wary of heading into the encounter will a draw on his mind. but he wants more than just a draw.
Sundowns will be without Tiyane Mabunda and Wayne Arendse, who both received second yellow cards while Zamalek will be without striker Mohammad Ibrahim, who suffered a broken leg in a ball challenge with Thabo Nthete in Cairo.
Mosimane will have the option of bringing in Soumahoro Bangaly to partner Thabo Nthete in central defence to replace Arendse. Asavela Mbekile is likely to stand in for Mabunda. A win at home will seal top spot in the group and a place in the semi-finals on nine points; an unassailable lead with the just the game against Enyimba to go.
The club’s new signing Sibusiso Vilakazi is not eligible to play a role in the Champions League as he is cup-tied, having appeared for Bidvest Wits in the competition while the likes of Lucky Mohomi and Ricardo Nascimento are in line to play a part in the fixture.
Sundowns upset the Egyptians 2-1 last Sunday which sets up tonight’s encounter beautifully.
The match kicks off at 19:30.