Masandawana will hope to seal progression into the lucrative group stages when they take on the Kasasiro Boys on Saturday afternoon
Defending Caf Champions League holder’s Mamelodi Sundowns take a slender 2-1 advantage into their second leg encounter against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on Saturday. Masandawana will be wary having conceded a crucial away goal in the first leg.
Sundowns have experienced a recent dip in form, particularly in their domestic campaign. A concerning factor for coach Pitso Mosimane is The Brazilians lack of goals. This was apparent in Sundowns first leg encounter where they put on an utterly dominant display but numerous wasted chances allowed KCCA back into the tie.
Meanwhile, the current Ugandan Super League leader KCCA has showed that they are not to be underestimated. Their improved second half display in Atteridgeville gave a good account of themselves.
Sundowns go into Saturday’s encounter feeling the effects of a congested fixture schedule. The attacking duo of Sibusiso Vilakazi and Khama Biliat are both set to miss out through injury. While Billiat has been out for some time, Vilakazi was forced off early against Polokwane City on Tuesday night, only adding to Mosimane’s woes.
Following the midweek encounter, Mosimane admitted that youngster Percy Tau has struggled off late to withstand the workload but he is not left with much choice. Nonetheless, Mosimane is expected to continue to employ the combination of Leonardo Castro and Tau upfront.
However, Sundowns will be watchful of their Ugandan opponents, who have players in their ranks who can cause the Sundowns defence headaches. Most notably, KCCA have forward Geoffrey Sserunkuma who scored the away goal in South Africa. The 33-year-old is no stranger to South African football, having plied his trade previously in the Premier Soccer League. Along with Sserunkuma, KCCA coach Mike Mutebi has a host of other dangerman at his disposal which Sundowns must be wary of, many of whom were part of Uganda’s 2017 African Cup of Nations’ campaign in Gabon.
As per usual playing on the African continent brings with it its own challenges. Sundowns will be forced to contend with an artificial pitch in Kampala but Mosimane has downplayed its effect, stating that Sundowns can have no excuses when the two teams collide.