Though Mamelodi Sundowns have already qualified for the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League, Pitso Mosimane’s charges will be pedal to metal when they battle Petro de Luanda this Saturday (14:00).
For Sundowns, the CAF Group C clash at Estadio 11 de Novembro in Angola is just a formality since they have already qualified for the next round but Mosimane says his men will go all out for a win in order to keep their continental rival Wydad Casablanca at bay.
Sundowns currently lead Group C with 10 points. They are followed by Wydad, who have six points. USM Alger and Petro are third and fourth with two points apiece respectively.
“We want to win because we want to stay number one. It’s very important. We don’t want to play against Wydad here (in SA) looking for a win. You know when you manage competition, it’s a bit different. You can’t have the cake and eat it. You would wish to eliminate Wydad because you can meet them again.
“When we won the Champions League (2016) we had Zamalek in our group and we met them in the final,” said Mosimane, who was this week named PSL Coach of the Month for December.
Mosimane’s quest is for the Brazilians to finish the group stage as table leaders to avoid big guns from other groups. Table toppers will meet the second best teams from the other groups.
Mosimane knows that their rivals Wydad also fancy the top spot. For Sundowns to seal it beyond doubt, they have to amass maximum points against the Angolans.
“So you don’t want the big boys around there but also Petro still have a life,” said Mosimane, whose side will host Wydad at home in the final match of Group C.
By Hosea Ramphekwa