Former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Lovers Mohlala has backed the Brazilians to come back from Equatorial Guinea with a positive result in the Caf Champions League on Tuesday.
Sundowns jetted out of the country on Friday to honour their preliminary stage match against Leones Vegetarianos.
“Yes travelling on time will definitely help them to acclimatise and fight for a win. A team like Sundowns is always challenging for trophies and leaving on time means they take the tournament seriously,” Mohlala told Goal.
“I cannot say it's being ready or not because every player at Sundowns is aware that the club is big and ambitious, so it's a matter of being ready at all times,” he added.
“They should prove to the other teams and their coach that they are playing for a big club and I am confident they will continue to build up on their momentum after losing a number of key players,” explained the legend.
“It won't be easy to gel quickly and this is also an opportunity to gain momentum. They also have an opportunity to try again in terms of growing the brand on the continent as well as that of the country,” backed Mohlala.
Sundowns' opponents are relative unknowns but Mohlala does not believe that their motivation will be affected.
“I think you don't need to motivate the players at Sundowns because they have a strong technical team capable of winning trophies and planning for many tournaments. Coach Pitso is always preaching continental dominance and that has rubbed off to the players,” he continued.
“They have three competitions to focus on going forward and I am sure the coach and the players have sat down to prioritise. Just after their match away from home, they come back to the league – that will be tough, but they have experience,” he said.
“I am confident of a good result for them because they did not really do well in the last term after losing good players such as Percy Tau and others,” he concluded.