The Brazilians enjoyed a much needed two week break from their busy schedule with international soccer taking centre stage over the past two weeks.
It’s back to the grind for the South African powerhouse however the stakes are very low for Mamelodi Sundowns this afternoon!
The Brazilians have already qualified for the CAF Champions League knockout stages as group winners meaning today’s match against Al Ittihad is a mere formality.
At the same time however, Coach Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena will be hoping their side continues their unbeaten run through the group stages by avoiding defeat at the FNB stadium.
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Al Merreikh: Starting lineup!
Sundowns XI: Pieterse, De Reuck, Kekana, Lebusa, Modiba, Jali, Maluleka, Domingo, Maema, Kapinga, Ralani
Subs: Goss, Mudau, Lakay, Mokoena, Maboe, Mvala, Erasmus, Sirino, Zwane.
We won’t take our foot off the paddle – Lebusa
“I think we’ve learnt from what happened last season and we don’t want that to happen again, we will try by all means to get 100% record in the group stages.” Mamelodi Sundowns defender Mosa Lebusa said.
“One would say, ‘just because we’ve already qualified and we have to take our foot off’, but that’s not the case with us. I think we will go and give it our hundred percent.
“We are just focussing on our process, we are trying our best to play one game at a time and try to win each game that we play. Some games are difficult and you won’t get the results that you’re looking for but we try to give it our all.
“Our group was really tough, we had three teams that really gave Mamelodi Sundowns a run for our money. What happens on the other side has really nothing to do with us.
“We are just focusing on what we have to do. Our group was very tough, we went to Cairo and spent two weeks there and fortunately we came back with four points and we came home and we did the job as well at home.”
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Al Merreikh: How to LIVE STREAM!
Action at the FNB stadium gets underway at 15:00. The match will be televised live on SuperSport 209.
This website will be providing you with live coverage 30 minutes ahead of kickoff between Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Merrikh.
You can also live stream today’s CAF Champions League Group Stage clash on Multichoice’s streaming platform DStv Now (Subscription required).