Local News 23.8.2016 10:07 am

Sundowns to field weakened team?

Leonardo Castro and Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

Leonardo Castro and Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

If it were up to Mamelodi Sundowns and Enyimba, they may well choose not to play their dead-rubber Caf Champions League Group B match in Port Harcourt this afternoon.

Sundowns have already won Group B, securing a place in the semifinals after a run of three straight wins and Pitso Mosimane could do with giving as much rest to his players as possible ahead of a busy 2016/17 season. Enyimba, meanwhile, are out of the competition, a 1-0 defeat to Zamalek earlier this month making it impossible for them to make the last four.

Still, Sundowns would no doubt love to make it four wins out of four, continuing a run that has seen them surge to the top of the African football club rankings, as supplied by footballdatabase.com.

It has been quite a turnaround in continental standing for Mosimane’s side, who were knocked out of the Champions League and the Confederation Cup, before their dramatic reinstatement in the latter, after AS Vita’s disqualification.

Sundowns are already without Keagan Dolly, who is recovering from a slight hamstring strain. Mosimane, meanwhile, must decide just how many of his other big names he can omit, with a MTN8 quarterfinal against SuperSport United coming up on Sunday afternoon.

For Enyimba, meanwhile there is at least a chance to salvage some pride after a disappointing campaign. The Nigerians do have the top scorer in the competition so far, in striker Mfon Udah, who has netted seven times.

Sundowns, meanwhile, will also know their semifinal opponents by the end of today.

Zesco United of Zambia are set to host Wydad Casablanca from Morocco in a Group A clash that kicks off an hour earlier than the Sundowns match.

Wydad have been at the summit of the group for most of the group stages, and now only need a single point against second- placed Zesco to finish as group leaders, and avoid the rampant Sundowns. Zesco, however, know that a win will mean they avoid a semifinal against their Southern African rivals.

Zesco lost 2-0 in Casablanca in June, but they have been good at home, beating Egyptian giants Al-Ahly 3-2 and Ivorians ASEC Mimosas 3-1 in Ndola.

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2 Arrows 5 10
3 Orlando Pirates 4 8
4 Cape Town City 5 8
5 Polokwane City 5 8
6 Chippa United 3 7
7 Bidvest Wits 3 7
8 SuperSport United 5 6
9 Platinum Stars 4 5
10 Highlands Park 4 4
11 Maritzburg Utd 5 4
12 Baroka FC 5 4
13 Ajax Cape Town 4 2
14 Free State Stars 5 2
15 Sundowns 1 1
16 Bloem Celtic 3 1