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The 2016 African champions begin their final foray into the Caf Champions League at the end of what has been a month of testing for them
Mamelodi Sundowns co-manager Rhulani Mokwena admits Masandawana will have to try harder to come out with a positive result from his Caf Champions League first-round showdown with Botswana champion Jwaneng Galaxy at Lobatse Stadium on Tuesday night. afternoon (15:30 kick-off).
The match is the first of a two-legged affair, with the return leg taking place in Pretoria on January 6.
The champions of Botswana earned their place in the first round of the Champions League after beating US Zilimadjou of Comoros 5-1 on aggregate, while the Sundowns earned a free pass in the preliminary round.
Tshwane’s club is heading to the match after a week of testing in which they still mourned the tragic death in a car accident of defender Motjeka Madisha. Just three weeks before that tragedy, another of her teammates, Anele Ngcongca, passed away in the same way.
Despite the obvious emotional cost, the Brazilians were still able to claim four points last week in the league by beating TS Galaxy and drawing with the Golden Arrows.
“PSL and the Champions League are completely different projects. On the one hand, we have the feeling of being undefeated and sitting as record leaders, of course no title is won at the moment,” Mokwena said after the draw against Arrows.
“But we have to treat it as an isolated situation and focus on the next two games as isolated projects. In the sense that we need to get a very good result in Botswana, and use the experience that we have as a team to be able to qualify for the qualifying phase. groups “.
Jwaneng Galaxy was founded in 2015 through the merger of two clubs, Jwaneng Comets and Debswana Youngsters.
Already in his short career he has won the league, finished runner-up in the league and won two cups.
“Galaxy FC are a good team,” said Mokwena.
“We will get images from our analysts and we will try to make sure that we are well prepared for the game. It is going to be difficult, you can see with the national team how there is a resurgence in football regarding what is happening in Botswana.
“So we have to make sure we are well prepared, we have a lot of work ahead of us. But we know what we have to do. We may not be in the best space emotionally, but we know what we have to do” We will organize, unify and focus to get a very good result. “