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No room for emotion when Wydad Casablanca host Mamelodi Sundowns - Joel Masilela

11:06 GMT 14/03/2019
Mamelodi Sundowns, December 2018
The retired winger is confident the Tshwane giants are capable of securing another win over their Moroccan counterparts

Former Mamelodi Sundowns winger Joel Masilela is confident the Brazilians will be able to bag another win over Wydad Casablanca this weekend.

The South Africans giants are out in Morrocco to honour their final Group A match in the Caf Champions League on Saturday after recently securing their place in the next round of the tournament with a win over Nigeria's Lobi Stars

“Yes, Sundowns can get another win over Wydad. I think everything is possible for us now and if there is an opportunity to beat them, why not go for it?” Masilela told Goal.

“We beat them fair and square in Pretoria and we can beat them in their backyard. We are through to the knockout stages and we have to build the confidence of the players, technical team and get another to finish the group stage on a high,” reflected the legend.

“I am sure the technical team will guide the players to remain level headed, calm and ensure they do everything to get a win and not undermine Wydad,” he said.

Speaking about the tight schedule awaiting the 2016 African champions as they hope to defend their Premier Soccer League (PSL) trophy as well as challenge for their second star, ‘Fire’ says this is not new to Sundowns.

“We have been in this situation before, it’s not something new. The guys are experienced now and the coaching staff is fully aware that this has been the case for the last five years,” he continued.

“We cannot be shocked or doubt our ability now because the records are there for Sundowns. This is a club that is playing in two or three tournaments in one month,” said the former Bafana Bafana winger.

“We still have a duty to defend the league and we want another star on top of that badge. I just want to tell the guys to take the games as they come,” he said.

Domestically, Sundowns currently sit at the top of the PSL table with 43 points and have seven matches left to retain their league trophy.

Their qualification into the quarter-finals of the continental tournament means they will have to balance their workload as they look to do well in both tournaments.

“They must show they are not amateurs in this game and challenges for big trophies,” he added.

“You will remember how Sundowns won the star in 2016. It was not easy and it will always be a difficult journey, but the boys are strong and experienced to go all the way,” said Masilela.

“The two wins over Lobi Stars and Maritzburg United have boosted the boys' [confidence] going to Morocco. Wydad must not use emotions on this match because that will make things very difficult for them,” he concluded.