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Sundowns are back to their best


The Brazilians can almost see a place in the quarter-finals

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PITSO Mosimane is one point away from fulfilling his prophecy, but because of his competitive nature that will not be enough for the Mamelodi Sundowns’ coach now that the Brazilians have the upper hand.

Mosimane, in a matter-of-fact tone, boldly predicted that his team will not lose to Asec Mimosas in the group stage of the CAF Champions League.

“They’re a tricky team to play away,” Mosimane said, immediately after the Ivorians, Wydad Casablanca and Lobi Stars were pitted with Sundowns in Group A of the Champions League in Cairo.

“They’re technical and physical. Even though they’re difficult away, you’ve got to win at home. In my opinion, we can get four points out of Asec.”

Sundowns have done the first part of that prediction. The Brazilians beat Asec 3-1 at Loftus Versfeld to sit at the summit of Group A, tied on six points with Moroccan giants Wydad.

The Brazilians now have to complete the mission in Abidjan next week. A point will fulfil Mosimane’s prophecy but three points will move the Tshwane side a step closer to the quarter-finals.

“Asec are going to be a difficult team away,” Mosimane said after the win at Loftus. “We respect them very much. They have a star on top of their badge (for the Champions League title they won in 1998).”

The Brazilians can almost see a place in the quarter-finals.

But before that trip to Abidjan, Sundowns has domestic league commitments.

The Brazilians hosts Black Leopards in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday in their catch-up programme.

Sundowns are six points behind log-leaders Bidvest Wits with three games in hand.