“Their pitch is not flat but we’re not going to complain. We will get on with the game, make sure that we don’t lose and (at worst) get a draw with a goal. A 1-1 draw would be better.”
Sundowns though are going to the Congo with the sole intent of rendering the tie a no contest before the second leg clash.
“We have been in the Champions League for a very long time and we need to start winning away (from home). We have done it against Vita and Zamalek in the past and we have to go to such matches with the mentality we want to beat the opposition in their backyard.”
With Sundowns celebrating their 50th anniversary next year, nothing will put the cherry on their cake better than a second success in the competition.
But to do that they first have to get over the difficult hurdle that their Congolese opposition presents and then be ready for much harder ones later.
With Mosimane’s impeccable research and preparations, the Sundowns players have no reason to feel they are going into the unknown and should they not be victorious, ignorance or lack of knowledge on the opposition will not be one of the reasons.