Blow for Downs ahead of Chiefs clash

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Mamelodi Sundowns have suffered a big blow just a few days before their mammoth clash with Kaizer Chiefs after another team member was released from camp.

Sundowns could be without first-choice goalkeeper Denis Onyango when they meet Chiefs in an Absa Premiership clash on Sunday afternoon (15h30).

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The Ugandan international will, however, definitely miss tonight's catch-up fixture against Highlands Park at Lucas Moripe Stadium after he was released from camp on Wednesday.

The club confirmed on their official website that Onyango will this evening jet out of the country to be with his family following the death of his father.

"It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing on of the father of Denis Onyango," read the statement.

"The Club has released Denis to mourn this great loss and he will immediately leave for Uganda with his family.

"He has the full support of all his teammates, technical team, management, Board and the Club President. We all wish him and his family all the strength during these trying times."

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It is unclear at this stage whether the 34-year-old shotstopper could make it back in time for the weekend's fixture, while his absence is sure to anyway affect his readiness to take to the field, leaving coach Pitso Mosimane to choose between Kennedy Mweene and Reyaad Pieterse.

The Brazilians will tonight also be without assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi, who was also released from duty on Monday following his own family bereavement.

Meanwhile, Lucky Mohomi (knee), Tiyani Mabunda, Keletso Makgalwa, Jose Ali Meza (all ankle), Emiliano Tade and Anthony Laffor (both rehabilitation) will play no part in this evening's clash either, with Oupa Manyisa also nursing a long-term Achilles injury.

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