Caf Champions League Group C Preview: Sundowns travel to Togo for a must-win clash, Wydad look to move clear at the top

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Masandawana will be eyeing their first win of the group stage, while the Moroccan giants look to move clear at the top of the table

After an extensive break due to the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia, Caf Champions League football is back and Group C is ready to thrill audiences throughout the continent.

In a group comprising of two past winners of the tournament in Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad Casablanca, the group is certainly living up to its billing as one of the toughest groups.

Sundowns will look to finally find their footing in the competition, when they travel to Togo to take on AS Togo-Port Tuesday.

Masandawana and Togo-Port have never locked horns before and it remains to be seen just how much of homework Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has done on his opponents.

Both teams are yet to register a victory in the group stages and find themselves in a precarious situation, making it a must-win encounter.

It has not been the best of starts for the Tshwane giants, who were recently crowned South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions after drawing against Wydad and Horoya.

On the other end, Togo-Port have tasted two defeats in succession in Group C, which makes Sundowns favourites going into the clash in the Togolese capital, Lome.

Sundowns though, will be without several key players. The departure of Khama Billiat in particular, will be cause for concern, while the absence of Percy Tau due to his impending move abroad will bring about its own challenges in terms of Sundowns finding the back of the net.

There will also be no Gaston Sirino at Sundowns’ disposal as the playmaker will be serving a suspension, but Sundowns will be confident that they have enough in reserve to get the better of their opponents.

On the other hand, Togo will be pinning their hopes on joint top scorer Issifou Bourahana once again. The defender’s prowess from set pieces is second to none and Sundowns will need to be at their very best to contain him.

Meanwhile, in the group’s other clash, the defending champions make the trip to Conakry to take on Horoya as they look to move clear of their opponents at the top.

Both sides are locked on four points having played out to a win and a draw respectively. While Wydad will be eying three points, it won’t be easy considering Horoya’s home form.

The Guinea champions boast an impressive record having last tasted defeat in their own backyard in May of 2017.

That is some record which would test the Moroccan’s resilience. Wydad players like Mohamed Ounajem and Ismail El Haddad will have to come to the fore if Morocco are to leave the West African nations with something.

In terms of the stats, the clash is as tight as it comes. Both sides have scored 11 goals and conceded just five in this year’s competition.

This could mean that the clash could be decided on a moment of brilliance, experience and hunger, which makes for a rather intriguing affair.

 

 

 

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