Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane relieved after AS Togo-Port scramble in CAF Champions League
Posted: 30 July 2018 Time: 10:00
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has expressed relief following his side's close call in their CAF Champions League clash against AS Togo-Port over the weekend.
Sundowns managed to beat the Togolese outfit 2-1 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Friday evening, thanks to goals inside the first 15 minutes from Gaston Sirino and Sibusiso Vilakazi.
The Brazilians narrowly escaped a potential early exit from the competition had they failed to beat the Group C minnows, to whom they suffered a shock defeat in Lome a fortnight ago.
‘Jingles’ conceded his side were in a do-or-die situation as he expressed relief at the victory, while also lamenting the late goal they conceded that could turn out costly should the group be decided by goal-difference.
“It was a game that we had to win, we didn’t have any other option if we wanted to continue in the tournament,” admitted Mosimane on his club’s website.
“We started very well. Everything was okay, except the last minute goal that we conceded. I am not happy with that. We needed a two-goal cushion because goals are important in a group.
“It could have been better. We controlled the game. We could have scored one or two more. But all in all, this game was more difficult than the game we played in Togo.
“We got the three points, that’s what we needed. We got what we wanted.”
With Wydad having beaten Guinean outfit Horoya in the group’s other fixture, Sundowns have since leapt from bottom of the standings into second position, with two games left to decide their fate.
The top two sides of each of the four groups advance to the quarterfinals of the competition.