Supersport United veteran winger, Thuso Phala, is relishing the opportunity of playing against African Powerhouse, TP Mazembe in a Group D Day three clash on Sunday in Lubumbashi.
Matsantsa currently lead the pack on goal difference as they are tied on four points with Mazembe, a situation which is most likely to change when the two sides meet according to Phala.
We have been hard at work in preparation for this match. We will not be changing anything in terms of our style of play as that is what has gotten us here as a club, Phala told CAFOnline.com ahead of the trip to DR Congo.
They [Mazembe] obviously have more continental experience than us but on the day, it will be eleven against eleven and anything is possible.
The Congolese have big name players such as as Rainford Kalaba, Solomon Asante and seasoned striker, Tressor Mputu, but Phala is the least perturbed by their presence in the Les Corbeaux set up.
Every player wants to impress in such competitions and you therefore can’t plan your game according to individual players. We are preparing for TP Mazembe and not individual players. In fact, what we noticed from their last two matches is that they can be very dangerous on the wings with their full backs so it is important that we close them down early, added Phala.
Matsatsantsa will be hoping that their battle with inconsistency doesn’t haunt them this time around. The club from the nation’s capital has won two, lost two and drawn one in their last domestic matches. They also recently lost head coach, Stuart Baxter, who took over Bafana Bafana, but this has not disturbed the team’s morale in anyway according to the skipper.
Nothing has changed for us as players. We are still hungry and proud to play for the club and actually happy for the coach. It is obviously sad having to let him go but it is for the benefit of the country and we wish him all the best, said Phala.
Supersport will however draw solace from the good performance they put up against C.F Mounana in Gabon where they came out victorious in a convincing 5-3 win.
Former Kaizer Chiefs defender, Tefu Mashamaite, who got injured in the last match in Libreville, will miss the trip to DR Congo’s second biggest city.
Meanwhile, another South African side, Platinum Stars have a difficult away assignment on the same day against Club Sportif Sfaxien of Tunisia in Group B.
Anything less than a victory for Stars will see their African dream slip further away as they currently languish at the bottom of Group B following their 4-2 defeat suffered at the hands of Mbabane Swallows two weeks ago.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football