Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has warned his players that, despite being favourites on paper, they should not underestimate their CAF Champions League opponents.
The 2016 champions are currently in Seychelles to take on Cote d'Or in the first round, first leg clash this afternoon. Sundowns are just 180 minutes away from reaching the group stages yet again, but Mosimane wants his players to be switched on to avoid any surprises against a team from a country where players are often referred to as "fishermen".
Despite not having Hlompho Kekana, Thapelo Morena, Rivaldo Coetzee and new signing Sammy Seabi available for the clash, the defending Absa Premiership champions have enough quality in the side to punish the opposition.
The likes of Themba Zwane, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Lebohang Maboe and Gaston Sirino will need to combine well to get a good result away from home.
"We expect a difficult game tomorrow and on paper we are favourites, but on the pitch it’s 11 against 11. It’s about who wants it more and in situations like this it is us who suffer because we think we are better on paper. The match is about playing for the badge, the name and integrity.”