Sundowns are already in Egypt for the second leg battle of CAF Champions League final against Zamalek, coming up on Sunday.
But then, reports have emerged that they are unable to start preparation for the Sunday clash. Their hosts failed to give them a venue to train for the second leg final.
South Africa’s Sport and Recreation Minister, Fikile Mbalula confirmed the reports and expressed concern over the team’s inability to train.
“I have noted with grave concern reports coming from Egypt that Sundowns could not train. We are irked by such behavior and condemn it in the strongest terms,” lamented the Minister.
Afterwards, he added that the behavior “…is foreign in football and should be done away with.”
However, he charged South Africans to support Sundowns whichever-way they could. According to him, their triumph over Zamalek in the first leg of the CAF Champions League final, was a win for South Africa and not just for the football club.
He said: “Mamelodi Sundowns’ win was not just for the football club but for South Africa. They flew our flag high and represented us with distinction”
Sundowns emerged firm favorites for the second leg battle in Alexandria after they humiliated Zamalek in the first leg with a 3 – 0 win.
Should they triumph after the second leg, it will be their first continental trophy. And also, the second South African team to win the prestigious prize.
Sundowns players received death threats after they won the first leg of the CAF Champions League final.
Excerpt of the death threat messages reportedly sent by Zamalek fans to Mamelodi Sundowns’ midfielder Teko Modise and striker Khama Billiat read:
“Hell Awaits!…Sundowns will die… you have two choices, death or lose. In Cairo you have no other choices.”
Also, Zamalek’s President, Mortada Mansour insinuated that Sundowns used magic in the 3-0 humiliation of his team in the first leg.
You’d be impressed to know that Patrice Motsepe sponsored 140 fans to join and support Sundowns in Egypt. Let the game begin already!