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Sundowns need to solve this problem to get second CAF Champions League title [opinion]

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By @Thatob_ | self meida writer
Published 21 days ago - 535 views

Former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has decorated the club's trophy cabinet with their first CAF Champions League title in 2016 but can the three coaching trio, Manqoba Mngqithi, Rhulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela master-mind a second title?

Should the Brazilians win the second CAF Champions League, they will become the first South African side to do so and have a second star on their badge.

After winning the continent's biggest club prize in 2016, Mosimane continued to make strides in the knockout stages of the competition and was in pursuit of the second title before he was recruited by record winners Al Ahly at the beginning of the season.

Before departing Mosimane bought Ururguayan striker Mauricio Affonso, who has been unlucky with injuries at the club to bolster their striking department and compete for CAF Champions League title.

After Mosimane's departure, the Brazilians boosted their striker force with the acquisition of Peter Shalulile from Highlands Park, Gift Motupa from Bidvest Wits and Kermit Erasmus from Cape Town City.

However, despite topping the DStv Premiership table, Masandawana co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi is not happy with the return of goals and was a concerned man after Sundowns beat Sudanese side Al-Hilal 2-0 in their CAF Champions League group opener.

Mngqithi also bemoaned their lack of a killer-instinct especially in their previous games against Chippa United and Stellenbosch FC.

"We have been complaining about the team not being shrewd enough. If you look at the game against Chippa United, we scored two but we could have scored eight, in the Stellenbosch game also we could have scored more," Mngqithi told the club's official website.

"We have not been clinical but if you look at our goal ratio it is not bad. We don’t always take our chances and we don’t want to put stress and anxiety on the players. It is a very sensitive area to touch but we are happy," he said.

Sundowns topped their CAF Champions League group without losing a game last season under Mosimane before being knocked out by Al Ahly in the quarter-finals, who progressed with a 3-1 win on aggregate.

If the Tshwane giants maintain their form, they will be one of the favourites to reach the quarter-finals once again and to seriously challenge for the title, they will need the likes of Themba Zwane, Gaston Sirino, Shalulile and Erasmus to be at their sharpest, as the there is no margin for error in the knockout stages of the CAF Champions League.

Do think Sundowns can win their second CAF Champions League title under Mngqithi, Mokwena and Komphela?

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