AFRICA – CAF Champions League
Date: Friday, 02 April 2021
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Al Hilal Stadium (Omdurman)
Mamelodi Sundowns will be pressing for another away victory as they face Al Hilal Omdurman in this tie, however, they face a stiff opposition in their host.
Sundowns arrived in Omdurman on the backdrop of an unbeaten run in the PSL as well as this season’s Champions League campaign. They face an Al Hilal side which last tasted defeat when they visited Pretoria in February and since then, the Sudanese giants have gone nine matches undefeated.
After beating CR Belouizdad 5-1 away, before edging Tout Puissant Mazembe in Lubumbashi, Sundowns are left with this Omdurman visit to complete away wins in their group. They so far enjoy a 100 percent winning record in their pool and have already booked a spot in the competition’s quarter-finals.
While Sundowns could be playing for prestige and records, second-placed Al Hilal are fighting to stay clear of Belouizdad and TP Mazembe who are all fighting for the remaining last-eight slot from this group.
The Sudanese giants have three points, the same as Belouizdad who are third on the table, while basement side TP Mazembe have two points.
Nine Al Hilal players, including seven who started for Sudan against South Africa in last Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers are in line for selection to play on today.They also include in-form Mohamed Abdelrahman who scored Sudan’s second goal in the 2-0 win over Bafana Bafana.
Sundowns will be without Kermit Erasmus who was injured in a Premier Soccer League match against Stellenbosch on March 13 and has since missed two club matches plus international duty with Bafana Bafana. However, they will be welcoming back Peter Shalulile who was suspended for their last domestic fixture against Black Leopards.
- Al-Hilal Omdurman’s form in last 5 matches: DWWDW.
- Mamelodi Sundowns’ form in last 5 matches: DWWWW.