Sundowns were on Wednesday drawn in Group C which contains two previous continental champions in AS Vita Club of DR Congo and Tunisia’s Esperance, as well as debutant Saint George of Ethiopia.
AS Vita are the same opposition who were disqualified by CAF in the preliminary stages last year after they fielded an ineligible player against Sundowns, who took full advantage of their opportunity after being readmitted, going on to clinch the title.
And former Bafana Bafana coach Mosimane, who was named CAF coach of the year in 2016 on the back of that triumph, says he knew they would get a much trickier group this year, which sees the competition boast more lucrative prize money.
"You can't ask for less and it is the way it is. You also knew that when we are in pot one you are going to get one team from any pot, it is the group of death if you check," reacts Mosimane.
"But when you are in the group of death they cancel each other out because the two teams are stronger and [there are a] lot of draws. So you have to focus on your home games and you've got to be smart and we've got experience for that.
"It's going to be very, very difficult and I think it is going to be tougher than last year because the stakes are higher, more money, more exposure, lots of TVs [coverage], so everybody wants to be part of this but we've got experience."
The first group stage matches will take place on the weekend of May 12-14 with the two top teams in each group progressing to the quarter-finals.