Mamelodi Sundowns who are in celebration mood will have to adjust as the take on Polokwane City for the delayed Telkom Knockout last 16 fixture at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Thursday just a day after their arrival from Egypt – kick-off set for 18h00.
“The Brazillians” arrived on Wednesday from Egypt:
Fans flocked to the OR Tambo International Airport to give the heroes of Mzansi, Mamelodi Sundowns “Bafana Ba Style, Champions of Africa, The Brazillians, Shoe-shine and piano boys” a warm welcome back home from a historical glory moment.
The South Africa champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, won their first ever CAF Champions League title on Sunday despite a 1-0 second-leg loss to Zamalek of Egypt in Alexandria.
The Champions of Africa will play their 44th game of the year 2016 as they begin the Telkom Knockout title defence against Polokwane City in Lucas Moripe Stadium this evening.
“Bafana Ba Style” will have back-to-back league outings against Cape Town City (October 30) and Polokwane City (November 2) and, provided they win their first round cup match, they will be in the quarter-finals on the weekend of November 5-6. Then follows the FIFA calendar break.
Straight after that November FIFA calendar break Sundowns will play Kaizer Chiefs (November 19) and Golden Arrows (November 23), and if they have reached the last four of the Telkom Knockout they will be in action on the weekend of November 26-27.
Three league matches against Ajax Cape Town (November 30), Free State Stars (December 2) and Bidvest Wits (December 7) will then follow, before they play their first match at the Club World Cup four days later.
Sundowns also have the 2017 CAF Super Cup final to play early next year against the winners of the CAF Confederations Cup – either Mo Bejaia of Algeria or TP Mazembe of DR Congo.