Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane pleased with mid-season camp in Tanzania
Posted: 2 February 2017 Time: 10:28
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has thanked his Tanzanian opponents Azam FC after his side’s goalless draw in their mid-season friendly.
The Brazilians travelled into Africa as part of their mid-season preparations, and were due to face three Tanzanian clubs in friendly matches, yet logistical issues resulted in only one fixture being played, ending in a 0-0 draw with Azam, who currently sit fourth after 20 games in the local league.
Despite being disappointed in the result, Mosimane thanked his opponents for the game as his side ready themselves for another busy year ahead.
“We want to thank the coach and Azam for giving us the opportunity to play here,” Mosimane was quoted as saying after the game. “As you know, we wanted to play two more games – against Simba and Yanga (Dar Young Africans), but that did not happen.
“We are, however, happy with the game. It was a good game – not easy, as Azam made it difficult for us and we could not score. We were frustrated, but kept pushing our opponents into their half, but we did not seriously test the goalkeeper.
“If this was a boxing match, we would have won on points,” he quipped, before adding: “We dominated, but domination means nothing if you do not put the ball in the back of the net.”
Captain Hlompho Kekana also thanked Azam for their hospitality, and says his side are more knowledgeable after the outing to Tanzania.
“It was nice to come here [to Tanzania] because of the historical relations between our two countries,” he said. “We learnt a lot, and there were many lessons we will take home with us.”
Sundowns are set to depart Tanzania on Friday, before finalising preparation for a busy month ahead with eight fixtures in 23 days, starting with their league clash against Bloemfontein Celtic on 8 February.