Mweene calls on players to help Pitso

CAF Champions League

Sundowns could return to the group stages of the premier continental club competition, which they won for the first time in 2016, when they next host Libyan outfit Al-Ahly Bengazi, whom they drew 0-0 with in the first leg in Egypt last weekend.

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After failing to progress beyond the semi-finals in 2017 and then falling out at the group stage earlier this year, The Brazilians have undergone substantial changes in playing personnel and will be hopeful the injection of quality will aid their cause.

However, Mosimane has had his work cut out both domestically and on the continent as his side has managed just 14 goals in their 12 Absa Premiership fixtures thus far, while their struggles to find the back of the net is what cost them in their last Champions League campaign in August.

Mweene, though, feels it is not only the job of the former CAF Coach of the Year to turn things around but also those experienced figures who were part of the club’s triumph two years ago.

“Coach Pitso Mosimane has started to rebuild the team. There are new guys like Toni Silva, Ali Mezza, Gaston Sirino, Lebohang [Manyama] and Phakamani Mahlambi,” the veteran Zambian shot-stopper told his club's website.

“They have to gel with the team and know how to play in the Champions League. They have to learn a lot of things. It will take a bit of time, but that’s not an excuse.”

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He added: “But also, the players who have been there before, we know the feeling and we are experienced, we have to help the coach. 

“Players like Hlompho [Kekana], Anele [Ngcongca], me, Denis [Onyango], Anthony [Laffor] and all the other guys who are experienced and have been in the final of the Champions League, have to help the coach so that the new players can integrate easily.”

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