Mamelodi Sundowns coach,Pitso Mosimane is hoping the match officials for Saturday’s CAF Champions League semifinal second leg against Wydad Casblanca will handle the pressure of handling the big encounter.
Sundowns, who host Wydad at Lucas Moripe Stadium, are in a good position to progress to the final after bagging a crucial away goal in their 2-1 defeat in the first leg in Rabat last Friday. Match officials will need to hold their nerve in a game that will no doubt have a lot of emotion, as both sides want to progress to the final.
"It’s a football game with emotions, heated emotions, pressure and we need strong referees.
"The referees have been good in CAF. I a praised them in Rabat before the match. I was a little bit worried about the referee from Botswana in Rabat and the guy came out. I don't know if the pressure of Cup of Nations and that everybody wants to be there, but the guy came out,” said Mosimane.
"You saw in Alexandria with Ahly he gave yellow cards if you misbehave both sides, so I can say we are starting to get proper standard of refereeing in CAF. It’s brilliant and we feel good.”
Mosimane says the away goal they scored does not give them too much of an advantage, considering how well Wydad know them. The two sides have met every year since 2017.
"I don't know if we have an advantage. The only slight advantage we can talk about is that we scored away,” said Mosimane during a press conference held at the match venue earlier today.
"We have played each other so many times. The captain gave me his jersey in Rabat. We are just one family. The coach I don't know how many times we have greeted each other, more than coaches in South Africa.”