Themba Mnguni: Sundowns have an edge over Lobi Stars

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Former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Themba Mnguni says the 2016 African champions will have an edge over Lobi Stars when the two teams clash in a Caf Champions League match on Saturday.

“Yeah, looking at the game in Nigeria, I think we didn’t take our chances, but it was good to see the team create them,” Mnguni told Goal.

“They managed to use their chances and we lost, but it could also be down to the surface they played on. An artificial pitch is always a challenge compared to a proper field of grass,” he reflected.

Sundowns have seven points from two wins and a single draw in Group A, and a victory over Lobi Stars will put them in a good position to qualify for the knockout stages.

“We have the edge at home, but obviously we have to try to convert our chances because we know our pitch and we have to show that we are comfortable at home,” continued the 45-year-old.

“We have to win and remain at the top. I am sure the guys are aware that it’s very important to win this one because we will have a tough one in Morocco (against Wydad Casablanca),” he urged.

“It will be a massive boost to go to Wydad with a win and just looking to get a draw or a win, but without any pressure, because it will be a difficult match there,” he added.

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“A win will definitely boost the morale of the guys as we know there is the last match in Morocco, that is the big one in the group after we beat them here,” he said.

“The guys have a job to do and I believe Lobi Stars will not come here for a holiday but they will want a win and show that they didn’t beat us by fluke,” responded the legend.

“I am sure Sundowns will not sit back and we will play cautiously because we must not concede. Lobi Stars must just expect a tough one because they cannot come to Pretoria and leave with a win – that is not acceptable,” he concluded.