Mosimane faces tricky decision for Sundowns’ trip to Nigeria .
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane faces a tricky decision on whether to leave out his six players sitting on a yellow card for the now academic Caf Champions League final group game against Enyimba.
With Downs already determined as top of Group B‚ they have nothing to play for in Nigeria other than attempting to preserve an impressive 100% win record in the group stage.
The Brazilians cannot even try to strategically aim to leverage themselves for a semifinal opponent out of leaders Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and second-placed Zesco United of Zambia in Group A.
Mosimane faces tricky decision
So Mosimane might be tempted to leave players behind for the trip to play Enyimba on Tuesday‚ August 23‚ particularly the six who sit on a yellow card and would be suspended for the semifinal if they were to be booked in Nigeria.
They are goalkeeper Denis Onyango‚ wingers Themba Zwane and Keagan Dolly‚ midfielders Hlompho Kekana and Teko Modise and right-back Siyanda Zwane.
Sundowns also have a MTN8 quarter-final derby against SuperSport United at Loftus Versfeld just five days after the assignment.
With resting players‚ and protecting those on bookings in mind‚ Mosimane is also keen to keep up consistency plus will be tempted to go for a 100% record in the group after wining all three of the previous matches.
Sundowns are not short of match practice as they juggle rest for their players with competing in the Champions League‚ having foregone a traditional end-of-season holiday because of participation in the continent’s top club competition.
Sundowns’ trip to Nigeria will be of academic interest only after Enyimba tumbled out of the Champions League on Monday night.
They were beaten 1-0 away in Cairo by Zamalek and have now lost all three of their Group B games‚ putting the Nigerian club out of contention in last place.
It means the final game of the group‚ in Port Harcourt next Tuesday‚ when Enyimba hosts Sundowns will have no impact on the final group standings.
Sundowns are already guaranteed top place and Zamalek‚ who needed only draw to finish second‚ made sure of their progress to the semifinals with a goal from international striker Bassem Morsi‚ just a week after winning the Egyptian Cup.