Pitso Mosimane is confident of getting past Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League quarterfinals
Posted: 17 September 2017 Time: 12:00
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes in his side so much that he has already sorted out travelling arrangements for the CAF Champions League semi-final.
Sundowns take on Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the quarterfinals at Lucas Moripe Stadium this afternoon (15h00), knowing that they need a good result at home to take to the second leg set to be played in Casablanca. The African champons leave on Monday for the second leg which will be played on September 23.
Should Mosimane’s men win the two-legged tie against Wydad, they will stay in North Africa because they believe they will face Algerian side USM Alger in the semi-final. USM face Mozambican side in the quarterfinals Ferroviario Beira, who are the underdogs.
The first leg semi-final scheduled for the weekend of 30 September to October 1, so Mosimane does not see why they need to come back to South Africa after the Wydad match.
This plan, of course, could backfire for Mosimane and Sundowns who will lose money in the process, but he is willing to take the risk. Sundowns have to make sure they win and also bank on USM beating Beira.
“We are not coming back. We are thinking of staying there. We are leaving Monday after the matchto play an away game and we believe we will go through. And if we go through, why should we come back [to South Africa]?
“I believe USM will beat the Mozambicans, so we have two visas for us to stay there for the next two weeks. That’s the way it is and you lose money if you don’t win. [But] If I don’t book, what am I saying to the players? I book because we need to have the positive mentality around it.”