Mamelodi Sundowns will take the first step to reclaiming the Caf Champions League title when they take on unheralded Leones Vegetarianos FC of Equatorial Guinea at Estadio de Ebebiyín on Wednesday. To be adequately prepared for this preliminary round clash‚ the 2016 champions have been in Equatorial Guinea since last Friday and their early arrival might work in their favour with temperatures expected to reach as high as 30°C on Wednesday. This season’s Champions League programme has been adjusted, with the tournament set to end in May to run concurrently with the Premier Soccer League (PSL)‚ and Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has welcomed the move as it will give players enough time to rest during the off-season. Over the past five years Mosimane and Sundowns have hardly enjoyed a proper off-season break because the tournament was not aligned with the PSL‚ and this has affected their start to the domestic campaign. “In January it will be fireworks and I am happy we won’t be the only ...

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