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Rulani Opens Up On Venue Change For Mazembe Showdown

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena says there are no issues behind their late venue change to Lucas Moripe Stadium in their final Group A CAF Champions League fixture.

Sundowns have already booked their place in the knockout stages of the competition with Mazembe but top spot in the group is on the line on Saturday when they take on the five-time African champions in Atteridgeville on Saturday.

The game was initially scheduled for their listed home ground Loftus Versfeld but due to the Blue Bulls fixture against the Stormers, and their alternative venue FNB Stadium hosting Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows, forced the last-minute changes.

“Nothing from a technical perspective, I don’t think we expect much [changes in preparation], fortunately we used it earlier this season as our home ground, so we’re quite familiar with the turf, we will train there tomorrow,” Mokwena said ahead of the game.

“Just to get a little bit more familiarity around it, and that’s football, you have to be prepared to play everywhere, anywhere and play your best every single time – that’s what I expect, I expect a good game of football.

“It’s a good pitch, there was a lot of investment done via the club to make sure the pitch was ready and it’s a surface that is good enough [for] a Mamelodi Sundowns game. The last time we played there, not so long ago against SuperSport, we got a result, so we’ve got good feelings about Lucas, we’re familiar with the atmosphere that can be created there.

“That’s it, we just have to perform, whether we’re playing at Loftus, or Lucas, we just have to perform, that is the mentality going into this game.”

The game between the DStv Premiership champions and the DR Congo giants will kickoff in the capital at 15h00.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.