Despite picking up a massive 3 points away, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes it’s too early to start talking about qualifying for the CAF Champions League quarterfinals and warned his charges about their performance at Stade Mustapha Tchaker Stadium.
Downs managed a 1-0 win over USM USM Alger on Saturday to maintain top spot in Group C, with seven points. Hlompho Kekana was the man on the scoresheet.
“I don’t think we are already in the quarterfinals it’s too early, no team has gone into the quarterfinals with 7 points we still have 9 points to play for (from the remaining three matches), but we will fight for them so of course we are happy that we won the match,” said Mosimane.
“I think I’m so happy that we passed the first 10 minutes of the match because they put us under too much pressure in the first 10 minutes but we settled after that,” continued Jingles.
“The first 10 minutes was difficult and the last 15 minutes was difficult they put us under pressure, we are used to playing not defending like we did tonight but I must say that my team defended very well but we did not play well, we usually play better than today but I’m happy with the result,” declared the former Bafana Bafana coach.
Mosimane went on to send a message to his rivals insisting that Sundowns will be a different beast all together when playing at home and they should expect a different Sundowns team back in South Africa for their return leg which will take place in a couple weeks time at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria
“You have to win it’s not easy , you see Zamalek they drew tonight. Etoile du sahel I think they lost it’s football.
“A football match is very difficult but I can promise we will play better at home than this and we are much stronger at home,” concluded the 55-year-old coach.
Sundowns will be hoping to wrap up their CAF Champions League group as quickly as possible and start focusing on cutting the 7-point gap between themselves and log leaders Kaizer Chiefs in the Absa Premiership which will resume next weekend following the festive break.
By Ntobeko Mbambo