July 1, 2017 - Dennis Onyango‚ who played one season for the Ethiopian giants St George, advised that the Mamelodi Sundowns will have to adjust according to the unfavourable pitch conditions at the Addis Ababa Stadium in Ethiopia when they take on Saint George SC in their Caf Champions League group stage clash on Saturday.
“They are a team who like to play football when they are good going forward‚” Onyango‚ Caf’s local-based African Footballer of the year for 2016‚ said.
“And we must try as much as possible to minimise mistakes at the back because the pitch is not that good‚ which is going to be an advantage for them.
“We have been playing in the Champions League for a long time and we know that we must adjust as quickly as possible to conditions that we are not used to. They will also be playing on the same pitch and we won’t use that as an excuse if we don’t get the desired result‚” said Onyango from Addis Ababa‚ where the Brazilians were putting finishing touches to their preparations for the clash that will be played at extreme altitude conditions of 2350 metres above sea level.
“Altitude will also be a factor because you know Ethiopian runners have dominated long distance running for many years‚ as it helps them with endurance‚” he said.
“For us‚ we need to stay compact because there is no doubt that they are going to run for the entire 90 minutes without getting tired.”
Defending champions Sundowns go into this match sitting in second place on goal difference in Group C‚ where they are tied on five points with Saint George (Esperance of Tunisia lead on eight).
Source: Time Live