Mamelodi Sundowns travelled to Uganda on Thursday, ahead of their important Caf Champions League clash against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
The Tshwane giants take a 2-1 advantage into the second leg but will be wary about conceding a crucial away goal.
In the build-up to this weekend’s crunch encounter, Masandawana found themselves again in midweek action. However, The Brazilians have experienced a slump in form, having failed to win any of their last three Premier Soccer League (PSL) encounters, which can be attributed to their heavy workload.
Nonetheless, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has stated that fatigue will not be accepted as an excuse when the two sides collide in Kampala.
“In South Africa we are playing a game every three days,” Mosimane told the club’s website.
“If you track back this has been the case for five months for us. For us to make an excuse about fatigue is unacceptable.
“It’s normal. It’s not right, but it's normal,” Mosimane added.
“We are used to this level of intensity, and we cannot use this as an excuse. When we played KCCA in the first leg, they had about seven days’ rest and were fresh, and it showed. For Saturday’s game, they had another seven days’ rest. We have had games every three days, and have just come from a league game (against Polokwane City) on Tuesday evening. But we cannot complain,” Mosimane said.
Sundowns will also be without Sibusiso Vilakazi for the clash after he was forced to come off with an injury and Mosimane believes that injuries are to be expected when you have such a congested schedule.
“When you play three games in seven days you can expect casualties,” Mosimane said.
Sundowns’ return leg in Kampala will also be contested on an artificial playing surface but the 52-year-old is unfazed by the challenges it might pose.
“We played AS Vita and ES Setif on artificial pitches (in last year’s Caf campaign) so why would we be concerned about the pitch now. We don’t like it, but at least the ball rolls, and that is the positive we take on the pitch,” Mosimane concluded.