On March 3, 2024, in Pretoria, South Africa, the CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and TP Mazembe took place at Loftus Versfeld. Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena commented that the packed Stade Olympique venue in Tunis had inspired the hosts to elevate their performance, with match-winner Yan Sasse making a considerable impact in both attack and defence. He acknowledged the electrifying and vibrant atmosphere despite the defeat and expressed optimism for the return leg set for the following Friday in Tshwane. This defeat marked the Brazilians’ second loss in this season’s Champions League, leaving them in need of a win by two clear goals in the second-leg to progress to the final against either TP Mazembe or Al Ahly SC.

Mokwena praised the atmosphere and the fans for their support of Esperance. From a tactical point of view, Mokwena dismissed the notion that ES Tunis outsmarted them after losing the game, emphasizing the importance of creating chances and defending effectively. He also questioned whether Esperance parking the bus at home would be satisfactory to the Tunisian media. Before the return leg against Esperance, Sundowns will be in DStv Premiership action, hosting Sekhukhune United on Tuesday.

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