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Caf Champions League: Predicting Mamelodi Sundowns' starting XI to face Petro de Luanda

12:47 AM SGT 23/4/22
Mamelodi Sundowns 2021.
Masandawana will be under pressure to overturn a one-goal deficit from their first-leg clash when they host the Angolan giants on Saturday

Sundowns duo of Gift Motupa and Rivaldo Coetzee are expected to miss this crucial encounter due to their respective injuries. 

While Bradley Ralani and George Maluleka missed Downs' 2-1 defeat to Petro on April 16 because of minor injuries and they should feature this weekend.

The 2016 African champions have no suspension concerns heading into this second-leg match which will be played at FNB Stadium. 

GOAL takes a look at how the Tshwane giants' could start against the Tricolours.

  • Denis Onyango, Mamelodi Sundowns, October 2021

    GOALKEEPER - Denis Onyango

    The Sundowns captain would have been disappointed with how he conceded Petro's second goal which proved to be the hosts' winning goal.

    Onyango will be determined to make amends by producing an improved performance and also lead his troops to a win victory at home.

  • Khuliso Mudau, Mamelodi Sundowns, February 2022

    RIGHT-BACK - Khuliso Mudau

    The flying full-back was not at his best against the Tricolours as Masandawana recorded their first defeat of the season in the Champions League.

    Mudau will be relishing another battle against To Carneiro who tormented him whenever the Angolan attack-minded full-back pushed forward.

  • Lyle Lakay, Mamelodi Sundowns, February 2022

    LEFT-BACK - Lyle Lakay

    The left-back was undoubtedly Sundowns' best player against the Tricolours and he grabbed the visitors' important away goal from a set-piece. 

    Lakay's delivery from set-pieces could be key to the Tshwane giants' win over the 15-time Angolan champions.

  • Rushine De Reuck, Mamelodi Sundowns, April 2022

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Rushine de Reuck

    The gifted centre-back is most likely to be recalled to the starting line-up ahead of an out-of-form Mosa Lebusa.

    Lebusa looked shaky against Petro with Tiago Azulao unsettling the former Ajax Cape Town captain and the Brazilian striker netted the opening goal.

  • Brian Mandela, Mamelodi Sundowns, February 2022

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Brian Mandela

    The bulky centre-back will be bracing himself for another physical battle with Yano.

    Mandela's experience will be important in defence as the Tshwane giants look to keep a clean sheet against the free-scoring Petro side.

  • Mothobi Mvala, Mamelpdi Sundowns, April 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Mothobi Mvala

    The Bafana Bafana international played much better than Teboho Mokoena after coming on as a substitute.

    Mvala, who was involved in the build-up to Downs' late disallowed goal, could be handed a starting berth this weekend.

  • Andile Jali, Mamelodi Sundowns, April 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Andile Jali

    The hard-working midfielder was one of Sundowns' better players in their defeat at Estadio 11 de Novembro.

    Jali will be looking to dominate the midfield battle once again and this time put his side in a good position to win the game.

  • Themba Zwane, Mamelodi Sundowns, October 2021

    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Themba Zwane

    The playmaker was unlucky not to score in Angola as his effort hit the upright with goalkeeper Wellington rooted to the ground. 

    Zwane will be keen to become a constant threat to the Tricolours' defence and inspire his side to their fifth successive home win in the Champions League.

  • Kermit Erasmus, Mamelodi Sundowns, April 2022

    RIGHT FORWARD - Kermit Erasmus

    The experienced forward has netted twice in his last three competitive appearances as a substitute.

    Erasmus might be recalled to starting line-up with Masandawana desperate for a victory. 

  • Neo Maema, Mamelodi Sundowns, September 2021

    LEFT FORWARD - Neo Maema

    The skillful attacker looked sharp after coming on as a substitute against Petro and he scored a wonderful late goal which was disallowed. 

    Maema, who has netted four goals and provided seven assists across all competitions this term, could also be handed a starting berth.

  • Peter Shalulile, Mamelodi Sundowns, December 2021

    CENTRE FORWARD - Peter Shalulile

    The Tshwane giants will pin their hopes of reaching the semi-finals on the free-scoring striker.

    Having netted six goals in his last three competitive games, Shalulile has what it takes to single-handedly inspire Masandawana to a win over the Southern African side.