Horoya - Mamelodi Sundowns Preview: The Tshwane giants on the prowl for three points in Conakry
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Masandawana look to leave Guinea with three points in the bag as they take on Horoya in a Caf Champions League game on Tuesday

On Tuesday evening, Group C will once again be in the spot light as Mamelodi Sundowns travel to Conakry to face off against a determined Horoya.

The game promises to be an interesting affair due to Sundowns having played out to a 1-1 draw against Wydad Casablanca in their opening game, meaning that pressure will be on them to register their first three points of the Champions League group stage.

But Sundowns will be wary knowing that Horoya pose an attacking threat, which has seen them bang in 49 goals in just 24 matches domestically. This will be a cause for concern considering that Sundowns have only won one of their last five competitive encounters with the most recent game ending in a hefty 3-1 defeat to Spanish giants Barcelona.

But while defeat is never an easy pill to swallow, in the case of Sundowns’ loss to Barcelona, playing against such top-level opposition may be enough to boost the confidence of the Sundowns players ahead of the game.

Once again, Percy Tau will be the player to watch. The 24-year-old has been in impressive form this season, scoring 11 goals, and Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane will hope that Tau will kick on and open his account in the group stages.

Horoya though, are certainly no pushovers and after beating Togo-Port in their opener they will be determined to grab another scalp. They will also have an advantage as they can call on past experience against South African outfits.

In last season’s Caf Confederation Cup, Horoya were pitted against Sundowns neighbours SuperSport. But while this could be advantageous for Horoya, for Sundowns it can also be a blessing as the Guinean champions are not a closed book.

The clash will be expected to be a physical encounter with Horoya a typical West African side who use their pace and power to their advantage. This would mean that the role of captain Hlompho Kekana and the tough tackling Tiyani Mabunda may be essential in Sundowns thwarting the Horoya attack.

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Meanwhile, the clash could also be talisman Khama Billiat’s final outing in the colours of the Brazilians. The 27-year-old has turned down a contract extension and is expected to depart with the domestic season now at a close.

Billiat may look to enjoy one final outing and dominate defences one last time. If Sundowns are able to find a way past Horoya, then they will put themselves in a good position to progress into the next round as the Champions League is set for a short hiatus with the Fifa World Cup just weeks away.

 

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