‘Long Weekend’ as the player is affectionately known says the Congolese giants will be one of the tougher tests for the Absa Premiership champions.
“TP Mazembe will be one of our toughest tests this season and very crucial for us in the Champions League” says the lanky forward.
The 31 year old beleives that the home match will be the most crucial for The Brazilians because of the hostile conditions his side may face in the return match in the DR Congo. Niang is one of the Sundowns players with more experience in continental competitions, having played in the Champions League for Senegalese side ASC Diaraf back in 2004 as a 19 year old and later with Supersport United in the Confederation Cup back in 2014.
“I beleive they (Mazembe) will come to the match looking to impose themselves on us but we have to be clinical and tight at the back because it will be much more difficult in the return match”
“The home match is very important in these kind of situations because if we take our chances and be tight at the back, we will go to Lubumbashi with less pressure on our shoulders”
The match against the four time Champions League champions and FIFA Club World Cup runners up kicks off at 19h00. Tickets will be sold at the stadium.