The Brazilians jetted out of Johannesburg on Wednesday evening, landing in Egypt’s capital Cairo in the early hours of Thursday morning before taking a connecting flight to Alexandria, checking into their hotel just after 9am.
Yet a planned training session with the squad had to be called off after their hosts failed to issue the Absa Premiership champions a venue.
“We were expecting to go to training, but were still waiting for Zamalek to confirm a training ground for us, as per CAF rules,” Sundowns Communication Co-ordinator Thulani Thuswa tells

“When they came to South Africa, we gave them a training ground on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. But unfortunately they did not give us a training venue today, so we had to cancel training and alter the plans a little bit. And now we have to wait to see if they’ll give us a training ground tomorrow.”
The players were given the day to rest at the hotel, which is under visible police presence.
“Today was meant to be day of light training, stretching, tactics and so forth, but we’ve been unable to do that, so the players have just rested,” Thuswa added.
Sundowns hold a healthy 3-0 lead heading into Sunday’s final, which is set to kick-off at 8.30pm at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria.


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