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Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 2019 Telkom Knockout Mamelodi Sundowns Press Conference at the PSL Offices, Johannesburg on the 17 October 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Pitso Mosimane identifies Caf Champions League group’s whipping boys

After collecting easy points against Petro de Luanda on Saturday, the Sundowns coach believes the other teams in Group C won’t have trouble doing the same.

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Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 2019 Telkom Knockout Mamelodi Sundowns Press Conference at the PSL Offices, Johannesburg on the 17 October 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane guided his side to an easy three points in their opening Caf Champions League group match against Angolan side Petro de Luanda, and is already eyeing another maximum-points haul.

The Tshwane giants are now top of Group C, following their 3-0 win at Lucas Moripe Stadium, with the two other teams in the group, Wydad Athletic Club from Morocco and Algeria’s USM Alger playing to a stalemate in the parallel fixture.

Mamelodi Sundowns ease past Angolan outfit

It was the perfect start for Mosimane’s men in a group that could go down the wire, given the pedigree of the teams in it.

Speaking after the match, the Sundowns mentor said his charges barely broke a sweat in dispatching the Angolan outfit, and believes they could be the group’s whipping boys.  

“I saw their derby against Primeira de Agosta. It was competitive. This team is big there.

“When you go there it’s guaranteed you are going to have 60 000 easily.

“When I look at the programme I think everybody will feed off this team. So the biggest one would be for us to win away against this team.

“If you win away against this team you’ve done yourself a big job.”

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Three-way battle anticipated in Group C

The group Sundowns find themselves in is one of the tougher ones in the competition, with three of the teams reigning league champions in their respective leagues.

Petro de Luanda are the odd ones out, having finished runners up in the Girabola – Angola’s premier division.

They are also the only team not to have made the knockout rounds of the Champions League, while Sundowns and Wydad have both lifted the crown in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

USM Alger, on the other hand, have made the final, only to lose to TP Mazembe back in 2015.

Sundowns’ next assignment is a trip to Casablanca, where they will face Wydad – the team who knocked them out of previous edition of the tournament in the semi-finals.

They return to North Africa later in the year to take on the Algerian champions, before the return fixture in Pretoria on 14 February 2020, followed by a trip to Angola seven days later.