sky is the limit

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

On a high from wresting a quarterfinal berth from bitter rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup, Mamelodi Sundowns are hoping to continue in the same vein in Mauritius this weekend.

Sundowns play Curepipe Starlight at the King George V Park in St John, Mauritius, in the return leg of the African Champions League tournament.

The Chloorkop side's battle cry these days has been consistency and confidence, and a four-match winning run might be taken by their fans to confirm that the sky is the limit, as far as this campaign is concerned.

"We cannot dwell much on that match. Right now we are faced with another challenge, which is to avoid the usual pitfalls facing a visiting team in these tournaments," Downs' media and communications manager Mahlatse Mphahlele said.

The Absa Premiership defending champions are desperate for a favourable draw as the competition proceeds, so their chances of doing well are boosted.

While it still rankles for them to concede that the league championship is gone, that failure serves to further motivate Downs to go all the way in the Nedbank Cup.

The winners of this competition will compete in Africa next season.

The Brazilians have Surprise Moriri back in peak form, as well as Robyn Johannes. Michael Manzini and Calvin Marlin are now fit to play again, although midfielder Brent Carelse sustained a thigh strain on Sunday and is doubtful at this stage.

Platinum Stars will also take their 2-0 lead to Reunion on Saturday at 8pm in their second leg match against US Stade Tamponnaise. Stars were first drawn against Lesotho Correctional Services, who they swept aside by a 4-1 aggregate score, before getting the better of Tamponnaise.

The Tycoons' good run in this competition has been reinforced by the return from injury of Hareaipha "Simba" Marumo, who marked his return by netting their second goal against Tamponnaise.

Coach Miguel Gamondi has praised their opponents, likening them to a European team, but won't allow them to deny his team the chance to possibly face African giants Al Ahly, who they could come up against in the next round.

Ajax Cape Town, the third South African team involved in continental competition, are also away to Anse Reunion, a team from the Seychelles, on Saturday. The Urban Warriors enjoy a 1-0 lead.