Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Themba Zwane counts on experience against North African clubs
Posted: 15 September 2017 Time: 18:30
The experience Mamelodi Sundowns has gained against North African clubs will come in handy when they face Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League on Sunday, according to Themba Zwane.
Sundowns have previously played teams such as Zamalek, Esperance and ES Setif in the competition, so they know what to expect from Moroccan outfit Wydad in the quarterfinal first leg clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday (15h00).
“It helps that we have played against those [North African] teams. If you check those teams, they play similar football,” Zwane tells KickOff.com.
“The coach [Pitso Mosimane] also gave us the latest Wydad game to watch, so that we can see their strengths and weaknesses. Obviously when we train we train according to their strengths and weaknesses, so that things can be much better. We have prepared well.
According to Zwane, the 2-1 victory Sundowns registered against Free State Stars in the Absa Premiership on Monday is just the type of confidence booster they needed before the clash against Wydad.
“It’s a big one for us on Sunday. It’s very important for us to win at home, so that we can go away with confidence. We are ready as a team and the confidence is high after the win against Free State Stars. We are looking forward to it,” he says.
The Bafana Bafana midfielder was one of the many players Mosimane rested for against Ea Lla Koto on Monday. Hlompho Kekana, Denis Onyango, Tebogo Langerman and Thapelo Morena were also left out so that they stay fresh for the Wydad game.
Mosimane also did not want to risk having injuries.
“It helps when we get to rest. The coach said we need to rest players on Monday, so we are feeling fresh and we are ready for the game,” Zwane concludes.