Pitso: We are not convincing

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says there’s a difference in understanding and mastering the CAF Champions League.

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Mosimane feels they understand football on the continent, but they are yet to master it. Sundowns, who won the competition in 2016, were knocked out in the semifinals by Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca.

Sundowns will be back in the Champions League next season, hoping to go one further than they did this past season. The former Bafana Bafana coach will go into the market to try get players who will help Sundowns conquer Africa again.

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“I know they [teams in Africa] respect us because we’ve been there all the time and we know,” Mosimane said.

“We’ve understood now the North African football, we understand it. My players understand and I do understand, but we need to master. Understanding is something and mastering is something else. Wydad has mastered, Esperance has mastered. We are not convincing, that’s where we need to top if up a little bit. [We need to get] The right quality to do that [win the competition].

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Wydad and Esperance are competing for this year’s crown. The first leg, played in Rabat last Friday, finished 1-1. Defending champions Esperance will be hoping to wrap it up when they host the Moroccans in Rades, Tunisia, on Friday night.

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