Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has likened star
winger Themba Zwane to Spanish great Andres Iniesta and hopes he can help
secure a CAF Champions League final place on Saturday.
The South African club trail Wydad Casablanca 2-1 going into
the semi-final second leg.
Zwane bagged a brace when Sundowns defeated Wydad 2-1 in the
group stage last January and has notched six Champions League goals this
season, one less than the chart-topper.
“Themba is not an orthodox winger who sprints down the touchline and crosses the ball. We allow him to operate wherever he wants to. He reminds me of Iniesta,” said Mosimane.
The two sides have met seven times in three seasons, six of those fixtures have been settled by just one goal.
Sundowns scored in
Rabat last Friday. That means a 1-win in Atteridgeville will be enough.
Mosimane, though, admitted that his side will have to step
up their defence.
“I doubt they will sit back and try to force a goalless draw. Wydad can score in away games and we have to find a way of keeping them quiet.”
A blow to the Moroccans is the absence of suspended Mohammed
Nahiri, a left-back but the leading scorer for the Casablanca club in Africa
this season with five goals.
Sundowns consider crowd support a key factor as they try to
replicate the atmosphere that helped humiliate record eight-time champions Al
Ahly of Egypt 5-0 in the quarter-finals.
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Wydad Casablanca team news and kick off
To be confirmed.
Kick off time
The fixture will kick off at 15:00 South African time. at
the Lucas Moripe Stadium. Pre-match entertainment will begin from 13:00 and
spectators are encouraged to arrive early.
How to watch Mamelodi Sundowns vs Wydad Casablanca live
SuperSport 11 will broadcast the fixture live in South Africa and other African territories. A subscription is required.