Themba Zwane’s Return Hailed As Major Boost for Mamelodi Sundowns Ahead of Champions League Game

Themba Zwane’s Return Hailed As Major Boost for Mamelodi Sundowns Ahead of Champions League Game

Byron Pillay
April 3, 2024 at 12:55 PM
In this article:
Mamelodi Sundowns logo
Mamelodi Sundowns
South Africa
CAF Champions League logo
CAF Champions League
Young Africans logo
Young Africans
Themba Zwane logo
T. Zwane
-MSouth Africa logo
  • Themba Zwane is expected to return for Mamelodi Sundowns' next game against Young Africans
  • The Tanzanian and South African sides are level after the first leg of their quarter-final encounter
  • Sundowns boss, Rulani Mokwena, highlighted the importance of having Mshishi back in the squad

Mamelodi Sundowns are gearing up for crunch fixtures in April and will have their inspirational captain back for them.

Themba Zwane has missed the team’s last two fixtures, including a CAF Champions League tie, but is set to return for the upcoming game, much to the relief of the coach, Rulani Mokwena.

Themba Zwane is expected to return to the squad ahead of the CAF Champions League clash against Young Africans.
Mamelodi Sundowns boss, Rulani Mokwena, is happy to have Themba Zwane back in the squad for their CAF Champions League game. Image: @iDiskiTimes.
Source: Twitter

The Sundowns boss is thrilled to welcome back Mshishi to the fold, hailing him for being so important to the team.

While he placed emphasis on Zwane’s return, he also encouraged all squad members to play their part in their upcoming games, Times LIVE noted.

"Themba Zwane is Themba Zwane. I speak a lot of about Mshishi’s influence and importance to this group, but we need everybody, and that is the message I have been saying to the players," the boss stated.

When could Zwane return?

The inspirational captain missed out on the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie against Young Africans but is expected to be back for the return fixture.

His experience and creativity will be a big boost for the South African side as they look to win the second leg and progress to the tournament's semi-final. The first leg finished 0-0 in Tanzania.

Zwane was also rested for the midweek DStv Premiership game against Richards Bay FC, in preparation for the crucial Champions League tie.

Zwane’s importance for club and country

Mshisi is undoubtedly one of the country’s greatest players, and he’s proved it for club and country.

He showed his class at the recent Africa Cup of Nations tournament and continues to be a stalwart for Sundowns.

Transfermarkt reported that he's made 395 appearances in the colours of Masandawana, scoring 79 goals and notching 56 assists.

4 key fixtures in April for Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns have a busy month ahead in terms of fixtures and will need all of their superstars back to get through it.

The South African side have fixtures in the league, Champions League, and Nedbank Cup as they chase furhter success.

Sports Brief looks at four fixtures in April, which could be make-or-break games for the Brazilians in the coming month.

Byron Pillay photo
Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
DStv Premiership