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Mamelodi Sundowns: We have a plan for Zamalek
Sundowns top Group B on goal difference, while Zamalek come second as both teams beat Enyimba before facing each other at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday.
Coach Pitso Mosimane remain to be not overly concerned despite setbacks as midfielders Keagan Dolly and Khama Billiat as well as the club’s skipper Thabo Nthethe hadn’t participated in the team’s training on Monday and Tuesday.
“I’m happy to see Keagan here [after] we took him away for two days as he had flu‚” said Mosimane, according to TimesLive.
“Khama has not trained for two days as well‚ he got a knock to the ankle here [at training]‚ so it’s precautionary. Thabo Nthethe has not trained. I hope he’ll be ready today after he got a thigh muscle [injury].
Mosimane’s expressed his relief at the return of a number of players from injuries, believing that his team is currently in a better position than it was during their match against Setif.
“It’s good that we have Anthony Laffor back and also Denis Onyango‚” said the coach.
“I think we are in a better position than last time [during their match against ES Setif]. Last time we went there with another team. In Setif we did not have a team.
“This is not a time for complaining. If we have 11 players and three on the bench‚ we have to do the work,” he added.
Meanwhile, Sundowns midfielder Themba Zwane said that his side have a plan to deal with Zamalek, when they face them in Cairo on Sunday.
“There are three teams in the group now and two must qualify. Already we have three points so this also puts us under pressure to win the game against Zamalek,” Zwane told KickOff.
The South African side beat ES Setif 2-0 in the opening round, but the result was cancelled by CAF after the Algerian side were eliminated from the tournament over fan violence.
“We’ve watched them [Zamalek] before and some of the games they’ve played. The only thing we saw is that they move the ball quickly and they are good in set pieces…and they press. We have a plan for them. We must also avoid corners and don’t give them set pieces,” the midfielder added.