Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has a clear idea of what to expect in this weekend’s CAF Champions League tie against AS Otoho d’Oyo.
Sundowns are set to leave for Congo-Brazzaville today for their first leg preliminary clash on Sunday, and go there knowing what to expect from their opponents. Mosimane has done his homework on the opposition and will have a plan to ensure they come back with a good result ahead of the return leg in Tshwane.
Sundowns were knocked out in the semi-finals of the competition last season and hope to go all the way this time round.
“We must be smart. They are a powerful team. They eliminated [Miguel] Gamondi’s team and they went to the group stages of the Confederation Cup and they were playing with Raja Casablanca. I mean Raja won the Super Cup against Esperance in Qatar,” Mosimane said.
"They are big boys, it’s Champions League, you know the story. We must really be careful of set pieces. They have hard running wingers and their striker is big and quick. They are a typical Champions League team. The conditions are not that favourable, the pitch is not a flat pitch. We are not complaining because Raja went there without complaining. Why should we complain about the pitch? The minute you complaining about the distance, the pitch, the kind of hotel, mosquitos and those kind of things…the minute you complain about those things then you have lost it. You are in Champions League my friend, just get on with it. If it’s difficult to play away, play to get a draw, just don’t lose.
It would be nice to get a draw with goals. 1-1 is better than 0-0.