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Maniema Union vs Mamelodi Sundowns Preview: Kick-off Time, TV Channel, Team News

Mamelodi Sundowns kick off their 2021/22 Caf Champions League campaign with an away date against Maniema Union in a first-round first-round tie at the Pentecostal Martyrs Stadium on Sunday.

Since winning the Caf Super Cup in 2017, the Sundowns have struggled to win silverware on the continent, having won their only Champions League title in 2016.

After receiving a pass in the first round, Masandawana will face a team that has already warmed up for this competition.

It will be the Sundowns’ first Champions League game since May, when they were knocked out of that quarterfinal competition by future champions Al Ahly.

After their trip to DR Congo, they host Maniema in this round’s second leg next weekend and the overall winner will advance to the group stage.

Maniema is participating for the first time in the Champions League.

Game Maniema Union vs. Mamelodi Sundowns
Dated Sunday 17th October
Time 16:00 SA time

TV channel, live score and how to watch

Online broadcast TV channel
Mamelodi Sundowns TV (YouTube) / Nothing

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Maniema Union vs Mamelodi Sundowns Preview: Kick-off Time, TV Channel, Team News

The Congolese team welcomes again striker Ricky Tulenge who received a red card in the preliminary round, away match against the Gabonese team Bouenguidi.

He missed the return leg at home and the 28-year-old is one of the team’s most experienced players, having previously played in Morocco for Difaa El Jadida.

No Maniema player is suspended for this match, which is positive for coach Tumba Djene.

Maniema Union vs Mamelodi Sundowns Preview: Kick-off Time, TV Channel, Team News

Masandawana defender Mosa Lebusa is coming back from injury in what is a big boost ahead of such a game.

This is after the center-back missed the last two Premier Soccer League games as well as Bafana Bafana’s missions, but is now back in great shape.

Thapelo Morena is expected to return from injury while Promise Mkhuma and Ricardo Nascimento are uncertain.

Lebohang Maboe continues his rehabilitation after undergoing knee surgery.

Match preview

This is the first time that Sundowns and Maniema have faced each other in a competition.

Masandawana’s previous trips to DR Congo were to complete matches against eternal continental rivals TP Mazembe and AS Vita.

Their last visit to DR Congo was in March 2021 when they beat TP Mazembe 2-1 in Lubumbashi in a group match last season.

In order for Maniema to reach this stage of the competition, they knocked out Gabonese team Bouenguidi 3-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 away draw and a 2-0 victory.

But they now host Sundowns against the backdrop of two games without a win, having lost 2-1 to AS Vita in DR Congo’s Ligue 1 before a 2-2 draw against Renaissance.

What could be scary for them is facing a marauding Sundowns team that has won five straight games.


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