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CAF Champions League

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena believes his team have completed their homework and are ready to face Jwaneng Galaxy today.

The Brazilians take on the side from Botswana in the CAF Champions League at the Lobatse Sports Complex this afternoon (15h30).

Sundowns left the country on Monday to begin their quest for a second star in Africa having last won the tournament in 2016 under the tutelage of former coach Pitso Mosimane.

Mokwena, who alongside Manqoba Mngqithi and Steve Komphela is now looking forward to emulating Mosimane's success, says the technical team has managed to analyse Jwaneng and know what to expect.

"We have the footage from their last CAF Champions League match against the team from Comoros where they won 4-0 at home and drew 1-1 away from home to qualify to play against us," Mokwena revealed.

"We know they last played their league match in February but they are dominant in their domestic league where they sit on top. They scored 37 goals in 20 games and since the Covid-19 their domestic league has been postponed, but after 20 games they sit number one, and convincingly with 12 wins."

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Mokwena continues: "In the Champions League in previous games we looked at them and analysed them. We see the 4-4-2 structure very clearly, two lines that form the department that sit a little bit in a deep block and looking at counter-attack.

"[Lebohang] Ditsele, the number 19 that played for Highlands Park, becomes the key member of the schemes to initiate the play and sometimes to develop and advance into scoring opposition areas, and he is key for them. We have to try to manage him a little bit better.

"[Resaobaka] Thalanyane is their leading striker but they haven't had a clear way of scoring goals because they can threaten you from different areas, whether from set-pieces, from transition or even when they develop play and start from the back through the lines, through Ditsele and then getting to Thalanyane up front who then put themselves in good scoring positions.

"So we know a bit about them, we have seen them, we analysed them, and hopefully we will be able to contain the threat they possess."

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