Helman Mkhalele: Sundowns' focus must be on winning against Horoya

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Helman Mkhalele
The 1996 African champion believes Sundowns have the ability to beat AC Horoya on Tuesday and has urged them to score many goals

Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Helman Mkhalele has advised Mamelodi Sundowns to remain calm and focused as they welcome AC Horoya in the Caf Champions League on Tuesday.

The 1995 Caf Champions League winner with Orlando Pirates has urged the Brazilians to avoid committing silly errors but to focus on bagging a win to reach the knockout stages of the continental club competition.

“I think they need to be calm and do their job, they must make sure they just attack and create more chances and remain focused on securing a win,” Mkhalele told Goal on Monday.

“They must focus until the referee blows the final whistle because the Horoya guys will come with all the tricks to destabilise their plan and focus,” he added.

“I am sure they will come with tricks to delay the game, to provoke Sundowns to concede fouls in dangerous areas,” continued the legend.

“I believe Sundowns have experience in such games and they must just stick to their game plan use their qualities in passing the ball around, but they must be quick this time to avoid running too much,” he added.

“Avoiding set pieces will also work for Sundowns because Horoya will want to use their aerial strength to get goals,” he responded.

Coach Pitso Mosimane's men have conceded six goals and netted five as they sit at number three on the Group C standings. Their opponents on the other hand, have scored seven and let in as many as they occupy second spot.

Nonetheless, Mkhalele is counting on Sundowns to come out the gates blazing and not rest on their laurels against Horoya

“That team will want to score an early goal so they can sit back, so Sundowns must also chase an early goal and the longer the game goes for them leading with a goal or two and not conceding, the better for Sundowns,” he advised.

“Another trick is to pass the ball well and use spaces and in my view, they must score more than one goal and not concede,” said the former Jomo Cosmos player.

Meanwhile, Sundowns will look to take advantage of their fan base which has certainly grown in recent years. 

The Newcastle-born legend said this is not because the Tshwane giants are winning trophies such as the PSL and Caf Champions League titles, but because of the brand of football the team plays.

“The supporters will have an massive impact on this game because they have been behind the team in recent times,” he reacted.

“They are one of the best in the PSL era and have stood behind the team even if they lose games, their love for Sundowns is not because of trophies such as the Champions League and league titles, but the brand of football the team dishes out,” he noted.

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“They have to come to in numbers and ensure the team feels their love especially at home as they need a win at all cots,” Mkhalele urged.

“Their songs and drums will help the club to keep playing for a win and I urge them to support the team until the final whistle,” concluded Mkhalele.

The final Group C encounter will be staged at the Lucas Moripe Stadium at 18:00.