Mamelodi Sundowns Enyimba CAF Champions League report

Mamelodi Sundowns Enyimba CAF Champions League report

This way for the starting elevens for the CAF Champions League clash between Mamelodi Sundowns and Enyimba at Lucas Moripe Stadium tonight (19h00).


Teko Modise is absent from the squad due to flu. Anthony Laffor also remains sidelined despite reportedly ironing out his issues with the club.

Thabo Nthethe has a big chance with a free-header at the back post, but his effort is blocked. Enyimba go up the other end and force a fine save from Sandilands.

Leonardo Castro has Sundowns in the lead on 42 minutes as Dolly’s cross is not dealt with and the Colombian forward bundles home.

There were not too many other chances in the opening half, which was a battle for midfield supremacy, but Sundowns just about shaded it.

Enyimba were level just before the hour-mark when Moses Ojo unleahsed a thunderous strike from 35-yards after a needless corner conceded Sundowns.

But the home side were back in front on 78 minutes as Arendse’s shot at the back post was half-stopped by Enyimba goalkeeper Moses Ocheje, with the assistant referee correctly calling the ball had crossed the line.

Sundowns: Sandilands, Mbekile, Nthethe, Arendse, Langerman, Mabunda (S. Zwane 74′), Kekana, T Zwane (Malajila 73′), Dolly, Billiat, Castro. Subs: Ngobeni, S Zwane, Evans, Moriri, Ngele, 

Enyimba: Ocheje, Ojo, Akas, Kester, Anyanwu, Anaezemba, Ibenegbu (Udoh 54′) [Osadiaye 83′], Pyagbara, Onuigbo (Onyekachi 57′), Etor, Udoji. Subs: Afelokhai, Ugwu, Thankgod, Abdulrazak


Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse says he is expecting a physical battle against Enyimba in their CAF Champions League clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium this evening.

The Brazilians will be starting from scratch as tonight’s clash will now serve as their Group B opener, after CAF announced that ES Setif were disqualified for crowd trouble in Algeria two weeks ago.

Arendse believes the Nigerian outfit will be gunning for a positive result, following their 1-0 defeat at home to Zamalek, and feels Downs are up for the challenge in their own back yard.

“They’re coming here, obviously, to get a result because they’re on zero points but we also want a result,” says the former Santos man.

“I think it’s going to be a very physical game but at the same time it will be a good one. [Going into the game on zero points] is a bad feeling because we had points on the board and now we only have games in hand, which really doesn’t mean anything.

“I think the guys are up to the challenge, especially in our own back yard, so we just have to go into the game and go for the three points.”

With just four games and 12 points to play for in the group, and the top two sides going through to the semi-finals, the 31-year-old stresses the need to collect maximum points tonight in order to put The Aba Warriors under more pressure.

“Some people will say it’s easier [to have only three teams left in the group] but then again you can’t say that because we don’t have any points,” he adds.

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“So for us, we just need to pick up maximum points to put the pressure on Enyimba.”