Downs take 'financially taxing' option

Premiership

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has explained why they will be taking a chartered flight for this weekend’s CAF Champions League opener.

The 2016 champions are heading to Congo-Brazzaville to take on AS Otoho d’Oyo in a first leg preliminary round match.

Sundowns play on Sunday and will be back for their Absa Premiership match against Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium next Wednesday. Taking a private plane can be very expensive, but Mosimane has explained how it benefits them.

Sundowns are expected to leave on Thursday and will stay in Oyo while they are there.

“We have a private flight, fortunately because it’s not far. Congo is not far, it’s about four hours, so the costs of going commercial and private are not too steep as going to Morocco, you know what I’m trying to say? And we have a game on Wednesday. When you have a team like Sundowns that has to play Champions League and wants to win the league, that is the challenge we face and it can be financially taxing and we appreciate when the board gives us the support.

“Last year we chartered to Rabat and we had a game against Leopards. How do you do that? We are enhacing the situation of the team going to the semi-finals of the Champions League and we are giving the team a chance to win the [domestic] league. Of course you want to do it the cheapest way, but how are you going to go from Rabat to Thohoyandou in two-and-half days? Forget it, it’s not going to happen. You are going to lose. The fixtures are congested.”

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