Mamelodi Sundowns' Pitso Mosimane hopes players are motivated for Horoya CAF Champions League clash
Posted: 22 May 2018 Time: 09:00
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane knows that motivating his players for today’s CAF Champions League tie against Horoya won’t be as easy as it was when they played Barcelona.
Sundowns played host to Spanish giants Barca in a Mandela Centenary Cup match at FNB Stadium last week, a game all the players were excited about. Players were looking forward to coming up against the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta, but now facing Horoya in Conakry, Guinea, is not quite as glamourous.
Sundowns will have to dig deep for a victory away from home, after they were held to a 1-1 draw by defending champions Wydad Casablanca on match day one earlier this month.
“I really hope that my team will be motivated because before we came here we won the league in South Africa. There were celebrations and then we played the biggest team in the world, with Iniesta and Messi. After you come from that, we only hope the team is motivated, which is not easy mentally,” the former Bafana Bafana coach said during a press conference in Conakry.
“You play Barcelona and then you travel 19 hours. I can’t answer for the team, I can only see if the team is okay mentally. So their motivation should be [winning] the Champions League.”
Mosimane has done his homework on Horoya, saying they like playing the ball from the back.
“I have an idea about the team. It’s a very good team. They are the best team in Guinea, they are the champions and they have a very good foreign coach from France. He is an import and he brings something different. What I like about the team is that they play from the back. They pass the ball, they don’t just kick the ball forward. They have good centre-backs, their right-back overlaps a lot.
“We will try to win. If we don’t win, we must make sure we don’t lose.”