Mosimane wants to revive the 'CBD'


Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes the arrival of lanky striker Mauricio Affonso could help him revive the 'CBD' strategy that was so successful a few seasons ago.

Sundowns played mostly without a targetman last season with Lebohang Maboe and sometimes Thapelo Morena playing as out-and-out strikers up front for the Brazilians.

However, the arrival of the 1.92m tall Affonso could change the way Sundowns play next season.

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The combination of Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly left tongues wagging in local football and brought a few trophies to Chloorkop a few years ago, with the Colombian striker leading the attack as the number nine for Sundowns.

It remains to be seen whether Affonso will fit into the way Mosimane wants his team to play.

"We had a number nine before, Leonardo Castro. He adapted well. I think you remember the CBD. I want to go and try to revisit the same strategy and find out if he can help us. We won the league with 71 points plus 51 or 53 goals [using that system]," said Mosimane.

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"We won the CAF Champions League, we won the Telkom Knockout Cup, the team went to the [FIFA Club] World Cup. Hopefully we can get the same."

With only three weeks left before the start of the league campaign, Mosimane will hope that the Uruguayan striker settles quickly. The Brazilians will host SuperSport United in their first league match at Lucas Moripe Stadium on August 3.

"We don't have a player of his style and ability. I believe it is important for the Champions League. The important thing is to see how he will fit in the style and the way we play because Sundowns is a complex team. Sundowns can play the whole season without a striker and still play. We brought him as a number nine." 

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