Three Sundowns stars named in CAF Champions League Team of the Week

Cassius Mailula and Peter Shalulile of Mamelodi Sundowns.
Cassius Mailula and Peter Shalulile of Mamelodi Sundowns.
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Three Mamelodi Sundowns players have been included in the Total Energies CAF Champions League Team of the Week for matchday 1.

The Brazilians kickstarted their quest for Champions League domination with a 1-0 win over Al Hilal at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.

Cassius Mailula, who scored the single goal of the match, was named one of the best players of the week, alongside teammates Teboho Mokoena and goalkeeper Ronwen Williams.

Raja Club also saw three of their players represented in right-back Jamal Harkass, midfielder Yousri Bouzok and striker Hamza Khabba.

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The rest of the team was made of Zamalek’s Ahmed Sayed Zizo, Petro de Luanda winger Megue, Mohamed Fofana from Horoya athletic club, Esperance Sportive De Tunis centre-back Mohamed Tougai and CR. Belouizdad central midfielder Zakaria Draoui.

The Brazilians are looking to return to the summit of African football by clinching the Champions League trophy for the first time since 2016 under then-coach Pitso Mosimane.

For all their domestic success, The Chloorkop-based side has had underwhelming output in the past two editions of the continental competition, failing to progress past the group stages.

This season, however, Sundowns have bolstered both their squad and technical team immensely to match up to the competition. Next up for Sundowns is a trip to Cameroon to face Coton Sport Football Club de Garoua on Friday evening.

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