Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says South African clubs need at least half a decade before they can be on par with counterparts from north of Africa.
Mosimane watched in horror on Saturday afternoon as his men crashed out of the CAF Champions League at the hands of Egyptians giants Al Ahly, who won 3-1 on aggregate following a 1-1 draw at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville.
Before that Al Ahly had beaten Sundowns 2-0 in Cairo in the first leg of the quarterfinals. The four remaining teams in the Champions League hail from north Africa – Al Ahly, Zamalek (Egypt), Waydad Casablanca and Raja Casablanca (Morocco.) This means the North African clubs continue their dominance on the continent.
“We go again next year, we try. Maybe after five years we will two teams from South Africa in the semifinals. But you have to get rid of TP Mazembe. How do you get rid of Mazembe? It’s not easy but we are coming slowly,” said Mosimane.
Mosimane says Sundowns will be a better and stronger side when they contend for glory in the next edition of the continental competition.
“We have made signings. It’s just that you don’t know. We don’t say. We made signings that I have recommended, and the club have gone with them. We have strength in the team for next year.
Maybe better than what you see. We have added three more, but we can’t talk. That will be a better team than this one on the Champions League. I am happy that the club has gone with them, so we are okay. We try again next year,” said Mosimane.
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Mosimane revealed that he is waiting on Sundowns for his contract extension. Mosimane’s contract with the Brazilians is set to expire in three months’ time. Mosimane and the club have been in talks for months now and the club’s most successful coach is yet to put pen to paper.
“I have complied 100%. I have complied with what Sundowns wanted so I am waiting for Sundowns now. The ball is in Sundowns’ court. It’s not in my court. I want to be here. I hope I am here. It’s not me.
Don’t put it on me. I am sorted now. I have complied with everything. So, I am okay. It’s on the other side,” concluded Jingles.
Now it’s back to domestic scene where Sundowns are in the hunt for the league and the Nedbank Cup.
By Hosea Ramphekwa