Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane wants his current side emulate the class of 2016 and go all the way to the CAF Champions League final.
Sundowns will face continental nemesis Wydad Casablanca in the final match of the Group C at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday afternoon.
Both Sundowns and Wydad have already qualified for the quarterfinals but they will be battling for the top spot. Ironically Waydad knocked Sundowns out in the semifinal of the same of the tournament at the same venue last year.
“It’s important. Last year we went to the semifinals.
“Let’s go to the final. One more step. We only needed one goal here. Remember we were sweating and you guys were rooting for us. One goal, we must go to the final. We are in the right route. We are in the same way. It’s important for the team, it’s important for the country.
“It’s important for the players to be bought to go to Europe because all the European teams are saying he is playing in the Champions league. They watch you there. It’s good for the boys. It’s good for the team. The profile of the team grows bigger. It’s good for the coaches also,” said Mosimane.
Mosimane’s side are atop of Group C with 11 points while Waydad are second with nine points. Sundowns need just a draw to maintain their position at the top. Mosimane says his men will not be defensive in order to maintain their position. The 2016 African Champions says his men will deploy the famous ‘attack is the best form of defence’ strategy.
“A challenge with us, maybe we should improve on that, is that we don’t know how to play home and away. It becomes a problem to us. Even if we are in Waydad, we play. We press the goalkeeper from the top. We don’t sit back. That’s the problem with us. Maybe the problem is me. I don’t know how to train the team behind the centerline,” said Mosimane.
Mosimane admitted that his current squad is not on the same level as the team that had the famous CBD. However he is confident that the Brazilians can make the grade in the tournament.
By Hosea Ramphekwa