The 2016 champions did not get to train at the match venue the day before their game against Rwandan side Rayon Sports, which is mandatory as per CAF rules, because the electricity went out at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali while Pitso Mosimane’s men were still doing their warm-ups.
Sundowns, who are back in the country after playing to a goalless draw with Rayon in a first round, first leg clash last night, went into the tie without training on a grass pitch. They trained on astro turf twice, which is not the ideal way to prepare for a game that's played on grass.
“We did not train on a normal pitch when we were there,” Sundowns spokesperson Thulani Thuswa says.
“When we were still doing warm-ups [at Amahoro Stadium], the lights went off. We don’t know if it was deliberate or not. We trained on the artificial pitch twice.”
Mosimane was asked by journalists in Rwanda how he felt about not training the day before the match and he said it’s not good for football.
“We don’t like to make excuses. Yesterday we did not train at all. It’s not nice, it’s not good for and it’s not good for football. You need to give the opponent a chance to train because imagine if you come to my country and I do the same. I am not saying you put the lights off, but imagine if you have your last training session and the lights are off. What are you going to say about me? So it’s not good for football. You need to get rid of these things.
“But we have been in the Champions League for a long time and we don’t care about those things. It does not matter, just fix your house.”