Sundowns to hit half-century mark

CAF Champions League

Sundowns have been playing competitive football since June 18 last year when they kicked off their campaign with a long trip to Algeria for a CAF Champions League opening group match against ES Setif.

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The Brazilians had been leading 2-0 and set for victory when crowd trouble forced the match to be abandoned in injury time, with CAF eventually disqualifying the hosts and annulling the result.

Since then, Sundowns have gone on to lift the CAF Champions League and CAF Super Cup trophies, played at the FIFA Club World Cup, lost in the MTN8 final, featured in both the Telkom Knockout and Nedbank Cup while pursuing their Absa Premiership title defence.

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Along the way they have also opened up a fresh Champions League campaign, for which they are now in the group stages and due to face Esperance de Tunis, AS Vita Club and Saint George with the round robin games starting this weekend.

Sundowns will reach the half-century mark of games in their contest against Bakgaga still in contention for the league title, though they will need favours from elsewhere.

Trailing leaders Bidvest Wits by three points with three games remaining, Pitso Mosimane will hope the Clever Boys drop points in their remaining games against Free State Stars, Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs.

For Downs, they have to make sure they win all of their three remaining games against Baroka, Maritzburg United and Highlands Park to give themselves a chance of defending their league title.

After reaching the 50-game mark tomorrow, Sundowns will play another two league games and then six Champions League group matches. The continent’s premier club competition group matches will be played every second week until July 9.

With the domestic season and the CAF calendar not aligned The Brazilians won’t have much of an off-season for the second year running with local games due to get going again in early August.

Whatever happens, Sundowns will have played 58 games by the time their season eventually comes to an end on July 9.

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