Lovers Mohlala: Lobi Stars won't match Mamelodi Sundowns on the pitch

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The retired left back is adamant Lobi Stars will not match the Brazilians on Saturday night in their penultimate Group A match

It's imperative that Mamelodi Sundowns strike early when they host Lobi Stars in Saturday's Caf Champions League showdown, according to former Brazilians defender Lovers Mohlala.

In an exclusive interview with Goal, the retired Bafana Bafana left-back insisted that Downs must be clinical in front of goal if they are to take a major step towards the knockout stages in front of their own fans.

“You see the only problem when we host these teams is that we offer the best or suitable facilities for football," the 43-year-old began.

"We have the best football fields and that means we still have to fight harder even at home," he added.

“We used a poor artificial pitch in Nigeria, but they will play at a very good grass pitch and that means they won’t feel they are an away team,” he said.

“Coming to the game, I think they will not be able to match us when it comes to football. We will penetrate them, but the only mission is to score an early goal,” added the former Bafana Bafana defender.

“Sundowns will have to use their advantage as they can move the ball quickly and we know they (Lobi) are physical and tall. That means we must not play according to their strengths and avoid missing too many chances,” he backed.

Sundowns are placed at the top of the Group A table with seven points having lost to Lobi away on match-day one.

“The number of fans will count for Sundowns because they must be well supported at home. The legends must also come out to support the club and I believe in the management, they have proven to be a force behind the club,” continued the former Wits University star.

“I believe this club will want to settle for a draw and that will need brilliant tactics from Sundowns to get an early goal and ensure they don’t have a chance to sit back to defend,” he reacted.

Morocco's Wydad Casablanca will take on Ivorian giants ASEC Mimosas in the other Group A clash this weekend.

“It is possible, Sundowns are experienced in the tournament and yes it took time for them to acclimatise to the conditions, travelling and so on, but they are African kings now,” said Mohlala.

“I don’t see them struggling to beat this club and finish as number one because that will help them when they will travel to Morocco without any pressure,” he noted.

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“Yes, they need goals, but what I like about them is that they will definitely create chances and football is a game of mistakes. We saw that in the match between Paris St. Germain and Manchester United, nobody gave United a chance, but they made it by capitalising on PSG's mistakes,” he responded.

“My point is that we cannot look at the game against Cape Town City and say Sundowns have issues upfront. I am confident they will bounce back,” added the legend.

“I would also want to make a call to all South Africans to rally behind the two clubs (Sundowns and Orlando Pirates) because they are representing us as a nation. It doesn’t matter if you support Kaizer Chiefs, Pirates or Sundowns, let’s just support the guys and be proud as a country,” he urged.

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