Pitso braced for Vita's 12th man

CAF Champions League

Sundowns make the trip to Kinshasa this weekend for a date with the DR Congo champions in a CAF Champions League second round, first leg tie at the 50 000-seater venue that will be packed to the brim with the green, black and yellow colours of The Black Dolphins in full force.

The match will be played on Sunday (16h30).

Vita pride themselves in having a fan base that shows its backing by coming in numbers to the stadium on match day but Mosimane doesn’t want to be overawed by the weight of the fans in the stands.

“There are venues that when you go there you feel that you are on your own like Seisa Ramabodu even when Celtic are not playing well. You go to FNB, Orlando Stadium. Lubumbashi was also a venue that is still in my system and I will also never forget going to the Military Stadium in Cairo with Bafana against the mighty Egypt under coach (Hassan) Sehata. Those are the games for me that really brings out the best out of me even from my playing days.

“But funny enough in all those games there is something common, no fans go onto the pitch and give us problems, it is only 11 against 11. So that really for me is a motivation but obviously we have the opponents in front of us and we have been very lucky that we have never complained about referees both home and away and we hope that it stays the same because it has been good. The supporters don’t play, they just make noise,” says Mosimane.

Also giving ‘Jingles’ encouragement is the fact that Mozambican champions Ferroviario de Maputo went to Kinshasa and we were only beaten by a late penalty before playing out a draw at home.

“Also what Ferroviaro did by going to Vita and losing 1-0 via a penalty in the 84th minute and then coming back to Maputo to play a draw it makes me think that we have a chance here. Chiefs scored two goals against Vita (2014 CAF Champions League) at home so those are the things that motivate us. It is possible,” he says.