Mosimane receives CAF invitation

Sundowns released a statement, part of which reads: 'Mamelodi Sundowns’ CAF Champions League campaign started on the good note with coach Pitso Mosimane receiving an invitation from CAF’s President Ahmad Ahmad to take part in the Pro License course that will be held in Rabat.

'The Pro License is the highest qualification of football coaches and is part of the progressive logic for those who have already passed the CAF C, B and A licenses. The course will run from March 12-14 in Morocco with eight modules and will be held during FIFA dates.'

However, Mosimane has more pressing concerns as Downs gear up for their CAF Champions League opener with Rwandan outfit Rayon Sports. The Brazilians flew to Kigali immediately after their 3-1 win over AmaZulu on Friday which keeps them four points clear of Orlando Pirates at the Absa Premiership summit with seven games left.

The return leg will be played at Lucas Moripe Stadium on March 18, five days after a Nedbank Cup last-16 tie with EC Bees at Loftus Versfeld.

“It’s been difficult juggling our domestic and continental commitments,” Mosimane told the club's website. “I have taken some risks with how we manage our squad. I have been resting Themba Zwane, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Hlompho Kekana because they are Bafana Bafana players.

“They have played a lot of football and they have travelled a lot. We also rested Jeremy Brockie who played in the CAF Confederation Cup. You saw how Vilakazi lifted us when he came on against SuperSport United after being rested.

“Zwane and Kekana are fresh. We rested Tiyani Mabunda against SuperSport United. It’s risky but we have to juggle the team to make sure that in the final last five games we have legs and fresh legs. Bafana players know how to play in the continent. Vilakazi, Zwane, Kekana and Mabunda are the big guns who have played in the continent and most of them were there when we won the Champions League. This is the time to bring them on now because we sacrificed them in the league to ensure that they are fresh. It’s risky but we can afford them.”

Mosimane has done his homework on Rayon Sports.

“We had people who went to watch their matches. I know that six of their players were in CHAN [African Nations Championship]. We will check them individually, their strengths and weaknesses.” he added.