Mamelodi Sundowns five players at risk

Mamelodi Sundowns five players

Mamelodi Sundowns travel to Nigeria with five players on the verge of suspension

Mamelodi Sundowns are in Nigeria with five players at risk of missing out on the side’s next hurdle in their quest for CAF Champions League glory.

Sundowns  who are already through to the semi-finals as group winners .

They are to face the already eliminated Enyimba at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt on Tuesday .

Imagine with five players one card away from missing the first leg of their last four clash.

Denis Onyango, Siyanda Zwane, Hlompho Kekana, Teko Modise and Themba Zwane are all sitting on one yellow card .

And will be ruled out of the semi-final first leg against either Wydad Casablanca or ZESCO United should they receive another.

Mamelodi Sundowns five players

South Africa’s Under-23 skipper international Keagan Dolly, who is also carrying one yellow card, has been left behind due to injury reasons.

However, should none of the players receive another caution against Enyimba . The yellow cards they are already carrying will all be wiped out for the semi-finals, as per CAF regulations.

“At the end of the group matches, the cautions that do not lead to a suspension are cancelled,” reads the section under disciplinary measures in the CAF Champions League regulations.

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane could very well take the precaution of not using any of the players currently sitting on a yellow card.

Minus all the players that have travelled who are on a yellow card, ‘Jingles’ still has Kennedy Mweene and Wayne Sandilands as options between the posts while at the back Ricardo Nascimento, Motjeka Madisha (who has returned from a loan spell at Highlands Park), Rheece Evans, Thabo Nthethe, Wayne Arendse and Tebogo Langerman are all available.

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Mosimane’s midfield options include Bangaly Soumahoro, Tiyani Mabunda, Mzikayise Mashaba and Percy Tau with Anthony Laffor, Leonardo Castro and Khama Billiat his attacking choices upfront.

Tuesday’s game carries no weight as Sundowns have already qualified as group winners with three straight wins, while Enyimba have already been knocked after losing all three games so far.

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Mamelodi Sundowns five players