Pitso Mosimane wants Mamelodi Sundowns to prove superiority in CAF Super Cup against TP Mazembe
Posted: 17 February 2017 Time: 13:00
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says this weekend’s CAF Super Cup clash against TP Mazembe is more than just a game, with money, bragging rights and pride all on the line.
The two African giants have built up somewhat of a rivalry when it comes to continental club competition, although the DR Congo side hold a slight edge over the Brazilians in their four previous meetings.
The last time the two sides met, in 2015, Mosimane’s boys walked away as 1-0 victors in Tshwane but suffered a 3-1 defeat in the return leg in the DRC as Mazembe advanced to the next round of the CAF Champions League on goal difference.
Back in 2007, the two sides met in a two-legged CAF Confederation Cup tie, with the Ravens again walking away with their pride intact after winning 5-4 on aggregate thanks to a 3-1 win in their own backyard.
This time Sundowns enter the encounter as the reigning CAF Champions League winners, while TP Mazembe wear the CAF Confederation Cup crown, with the two sides to lock horns at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday evening.
Mosimane, who is the current CAF Coach of the Year, is eager to settle the score with the Linafoot outfit once and for all, to prove to himself as well as their rivals of Sundowns' superiority.
“I respect Mazembe. I think they’ve got the same, or maybe better, attack as Sundowns. They have quality,” said Mosimane.
“Obviously, they’ve [also] made business in Europe by giving their players there, but you don’t give your players for free in Europe so it’s business that you make.
“It’s about bragging rights as well, you must know that it’s not all about [making] history as we’re saying; it’s not all about records, but also bragging rights.
“Mazembe still believe that they are [superior] because we played here [and] we beat them, we went to Lubumbashi and they beat us, but their score there eliminated us.
“It’s like [AS] Vita – they still believe that, ‘okay, Sundowns we still have to sort it out,’ so it's those games that need to happen – it’s a PSG-Barcelona – those games have to happen and let’s sort it out.
"The only way to sort it out is on the pitch, not by talking.”
Mosimane also bemoaned a failed attempt at arranging a friendly against the Black Dolphins, who rejected the challenge during the recent AFCON break in January.
“It’s unbelievable, they [Vita] refused – I even went to them and said, ‘Guys it’s a friendly game behind closed doors,’ because I’m preparing for Mazembe,” he revealed.
"If I play Vita, [I know] it’s a proper game because Vita beats Mazembe in Kinshasa. If you want to play Pirates or Chiefs, play Sundowns [too] then you’ll get the real game, but they refused.”
Kick-off for the lucrative Super Cup clash is scheduled for 19h00.