Saint George travels to South Africa on Wednesday for its first ever appearance in the African Champions’ League. For their opening match in the group stage they will visit the Mamelodi Sundown. They prequalified by beating Democratic Republic Congo’s AC Leopard de Dolisie by a 3-0 aggregate score.
The 14 time Ethiopian Premiere League champions are looking to make history in South Africa against one of the continent’s football giants, Mamelodi.
In their last 5 games Saint George has won 3 and tied 2. The Horse Men are spearheaded by in top form Salhadin Said (13 goals) and veteran Adane Girma (11 Goals) Ugandan international goalie Robert Odunkara is between the pipes and Dutch Old Guard Martinus Nooij is at the helm. They are playing their best football, winning all four of their qualifier matches by shutting out all their opponents while scoring 8 goals, and are capable of frustrating the hosts, who are second in the South African league, a point down from leaders Bidwest.
The defending African champions Mamelodi, just fresh from their first defeat in six matches, 1-0 to league leaders Bidvest Wits have a notable history in South Africa winning seven league titles, the CAF Super Cup and the 2016 African Champions League trophy. The 52 year old Pisto John Mosimane is in the hot seat, Mamelodi boosts a number of foreign players notably Ugandan Cranes number one goalie Denis Onyango, a flawless defender from Brazil Ricardo Nascimentos and an accomplished striker Zakari from Ivory Coast.
The 1973 African champion DRC’s Vita Club travels to the group opening match for one of the group’s strong showdowns against another former champion Esperance of Tunis. Better known as the Kinshasa Outfit, V-Club is considered the group black sheep with a number of home based players capable of miracles.