Downs determined to dispatch Wydad
Posted: 22 September 2017 Time: 10:21
Mamelodi Sundowns say the 'gamesmanship has been relentless' from Champions League quarter-final opponents Wydad Casablanca and believe the Moroccans risk being sanctioned by CAF.
Sundowns, who were unable to train in Rabat on Tuesday as they struggled to secure a venue, will battle Wydad at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium on Saturday looking to protect a 1-0 lead from the first leg.
The Brazilians are adamant they will not be derailed in their bid to reclaim the trophy and emulate the likes of Al Ahly, TP Mazembe and Enyimba.
Downs released a statement on their website, part of which reads: 'The gamesmanship has been relentless from Moroccan champions Wydad Cassablanca ahead of Saturday’s crucial quarter final second leg Confederation of African Football Champions League at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, in Rabat.
'From not providing the African champions with a training ground, to giving them a rickety bus compared to the luxury air conditioned bus they used in South Africa ahead of the first leg, to not providing them with escorts, Wydad have thrown the book of mind games at Sundowns.
'CAF rules state categorically that a playing ground will be provided for training of a visiting team and be put at their disposal for all their stay and at all times. In addition the venue of the game has to be made available for one training session the day before the match.
'The Moroccans may be sanctioned if found guilty of (non) compliance by CAF.
'Yet, coach Pitso Mosimane expected this. They expect a hostile crowd, and hostile actions on the pitch, but soccer pundits believe that these actions may yet spell their downfall. They have clearly taken their eye off the ball, and that should provide Sundowns, who will be in a better frame of mind, the chance to make the early breakthrough to grab a crucial away goal.'
Coach Pitso Mosimane will hand a late fitness test to influential attackers Khama Billiat and Anthony Laffor, who are nursing knocks.