Mamelodi Sundowns face a massive test of their continental credentials when they take on DR Congo club AS Vita in Kinshasa on Sunday.
The match is a CAF Champions League second round, first leg encounter, the return game set to take place in Pretoria on either April 19 and 20.
The game this Sunday will take place at the 50 000 seater Stade Tata Raphael, a venue which once hosted the boxing match between Muhammad Alli and George Foreman in 1974; the South African log leaders can expect difficult and hostile conditions.
The Brazilians booked their or spot in the second round with a 2-1 aggregate win over Chicken Inn of Zimbabwe, while AS Vita beat Mafunzo of Tanzania 4-0 over two matches.
The DRC team side have won 20 of their last 26 matches and have not lost since last October. Downs meanwhile have won 23 of their last 29 games in all compeitions.
Masandawana coach Pitso Mosinane, who also sees his side top of the Absa Premiership standings, still in the Nedbank Cup, and having won the Telkom Knockout, has made no secret of the high esteem in which he holds the Champions League:
“The main reason for me to join Sundowns was the vision they have. They believe in conquering Africa and I have the same vision,” he said.
“The Vita trip is a challenge,” Mosimane admitted. “The place is far. But I’m not complaining about the game. AS Vita is a different team. A very good coach, who also doubles up as the national team coach.
“They have very good wingers who are all right footed. They have a very short keeper. [Wayne] Arendse and [Thabo] Nthete [the two central defenders] will be key.”