Benni McCarthy and his AmaZulu side will not have it easy in the second preliminary round in the CAF Champions League after their next opponent was announced along with Mamelodi Sundowns first opponent in the preliminaries.
Benni McCarthy has proven why he was voted best coach of the season in the 2020/21 campaign, as his AmaZulu side made a comeback against Nyasa Big Bullets in the second-leg of the first round of the CAF Champions League preliminaries. AmaZulu went down 1-0 in the first-leg of round one at home, but made up for the loss in the second-leg winning 3-1 for an aggregate win of 3-2 to make it through to the second round of the preliminaries.
Mamelodi Sundowns skipped the first round of the preliminaries and waited for a winner from a specific fixture to determine who they will face in their first match of the preliminaries in round two. Mamelodi Sundowns opponent has been revealed and they will be facing off against Maniema Union in a two-legged tie.
Mamelodi Sundowns will play the first-leg away from home on October 15, and the second-leg at home on October 22. Following Mamelodi Sundowns latest 3-0 win and their unbeaten streak in the Dstv Premiership, they should not be having much of a problem in the CAF Champions League, as the squad is in perfect form.
AmaZulu on the other hand will not have it easy considering they have only won one match in all competitions this season. AmaZulu's Dstv Premiership run to date for the 2021/22 season has been rather poor, as they have only picked up two points from three matches played to date sitting in the 14th position on the Dstv Premiership log standings.
To make matters worse, AmaZulu is set to face their second round in the CAF Champions League preliminaries against TP Mazembe who played in Mamelodi Sundowns Group B last season in the CAF Champions League. TP Mazembe was no threat to Mamelodi Sundowns as Sundowns won 1-0 and 2-1 against Mazembe in the two group fixtures against one another.
Despite TP Mazembe's defeats to Mamelodi Sundowns, they are still a very strong opponent and AmaZulu should beware of the threat they offer. Benni McCarthy will have his team ready for the next round but in football the end result can be unpredictable.
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