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O’Loughlin: At The End Of The Day, Sundowns Are The Champions Of Africa

Chris O’Loughlin: At The End Of The Day, Sundowns Are The Champions Of Africa

By Shaistah Kader - Feb 17, 2017 06:43 PM @Shaistah_K

Former Orlando Pirates assistant coach Chris O’Loughlin is adamant that Mamelodi Sundowns have nothing to fear when they face TP Mazembe this weekend.

O’Loughlin, who currently plies his trade as a coach for League one-outfit Charlton Athletic in the United Kingdom, has experience in coaching in South Africa, Congo, Australia and Belgium.

Speaking to Soccer Laduma, the UEFA Pro-licensed coach explained that Masandawana do not have anything to worry about when facing Mazembe on Saturday, as the title of being the African champions should be enough confidence to carry them through.

“At the end of the day, Sundowns are the Champions of Africa. They’ve got a lot of experience, I think, in their last five or six years they have played AS Vita a number of times, they’ve played against TP Mazembe a number of times so they are probably the most experienced South African side in playing against those teams,” O’Loughlin said.

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“They are the champions of Africa so they don’t have to go in to any game fearing anything, they are probably on top of their football at the moment. I understand they play with incredibly high intensity and confidence, I think it is a final that they can go into full of confidence and they do not have to fear anything of the unknown because they have experience against these type of teams.”

O’Loughlin then went on to explain the difference between the players in Congo compared to Mzansi, and the type of intensity that can be expected in the upcoming CAF Super Cup final.

“In places like TP Mazembe, those players, the lifestyle is completely different to South Africa. The players there are playing for their lives and their family. When they play for TP Mazembe there is a lot of pressure on them and expectation to perform and to succeed, but at the same time, the players have always been known to be rewarded handsomely for their success.

“They are always incredibly motivated teams, they play as if their lives depend on it. But, I understand that they have also changed their coach now, so there will be a new dynamic to the team but the players, this is what they look forward to most in Congo, the African competitions,” he added.


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Iam_Sbu_Kasiboy Feb 19, 2017 11:45 AM
Pitso Is Making A History In South Africa Already 2 Continental Cups and African Football History After 1995 CAF Winners
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Vongani vs dunudunu/rats Feb 18, 2017 05:04 PM
when is pierats going to break their winless record
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SkyBlue Feb 18, 2017 11:23 AM
Chiefs when they won Mandela cup it had no money as well as Bucs when they won CCL it hand no money but now Downs if they win this one game they will get R1.3 or R13.4 millions. It is not about the money but bragging rights and making history. Pitso want to make history. KBY
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SmisoKBY Feb 18, 2017 10:31 AM
KBY 3-1 Tp MaZebra Starless ndini nizojabha ithina esishaya maphiko Africa yonke singama Champions
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BIG JACK Feb 18, 2017 10:04 AM
There is no second leg YELLOW DIE HARD
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kdowns Feb 18, 2017 10:02 AM
@Myaka weliPhefeni There's no second leg in Super Cup,it is the battle of Caf Champions league champs and Caf Confederation cup champs
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Myaka weliPhefeni Feb 18, 2017 09:59 AM
Yes they wll beat them here bt mst never allow them to score bcz in Libumbashe Mazembe use everthing to intimidate u so i wish they cn gv them half dozen here so they cld be a walk in the park when they meet in second leg as we knw sumthing related btwn Rats and cowzembe as they own by Mafia so Motsepe boyz shw them that mafia thing is expired nw looolz# asiligibeli isecond hand thina beSchomane
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kdowns Feb 18, 2017 09:59 AM
This is the battle of the billionaire
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Gudluck 2 sundowns
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Sengiboy Feb 18, 2017 09:55 AM
Mazembe the Axe
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ama Champion angekho emthethweni mxm
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BIG JACK Feb 18, 2017 09:46 AM
Make us proud, we are behind you. YELLOW DIE HARD
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Rude awakening awaits
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Samson siyasiya Feb 18, 2017 08:56 AM
@kdowns you are a factory faults wena
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Samson siyasiya Feb 18, 2017 08:54 AM
Editor just informed these newly crowned African champ who got second chance to play can through brown envelop from president to stop making nuisance of themselves supper cup is like charity cup cannot be more than can prize wise tell these f...ls
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fandangos Feb 18, 2017 08:47 AM
editor just inform these dunuza fans ukuthi the winner of this super cup get R1.3m nt R10m asseblief,,,,
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MDOUVA Feb 18, 2017 08:44 AM
This is not about the money, it's about the cup, that's why it's called super cup, not super money. Downs must just go and collect that cup, fill their cabinet cos they deserve it. #Khosified with no jealous.

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