Pitso explains African weakness

CAF Champions League

Both Kaizer Chiefs and Sundowns have crashed out of the CAF Champions League this year, although the Brazilians will get another chance to proceed to the CAF Confederation Cup group stage.

Sundowns have been drawn against Ghanaian club Medeama SC in the play-off round and will play against them across two legs in May.

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Mosimane believes that – perhaps with the exception of Orlando Pirates – the majority of PSL players don’t yet understand the level of ‘unfair tactics’ the big African clubs use to win.

“It’s a straight learning curve,” he says, before going on to describe another challenge in Africa besides the usual poor refereeing and time-wasting antics.

“I will tell you what happened in Kinshasa [when we lost 1-0 in the first leg against AS Vita]. I don’t know if you watched the game,” he continues.

“There was one of our players down, then we kick the ball to give the ball for them to give the ball back to us in the final third [as is the normal fair play around the world].

“Their player took the ball and told the players to wait and he will give back the ball … so we waited … he raced through to Onyango and Onyango made a save. He was scoring but Onyango saved.

“So what does that tell you?. It tells you we don’t have experience of the game [in Africa]. It’s not the play, it’s not tactics, but mentality, culture, we are young, so we are paying the school fees.”

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Mosimane also says anxiety from his players meant they rushed chances and made the wrong decisions despite creating numerous openings.

“We have never seen such an open game like this. In the PSL in a game like this we would score three or four goals but we suffered from anxiety,” adds Mosimane.

“The game is big, the game means more to us, the game means more to South Africa. The players suffered from anxiety especially in the last third and you can see we don’t have experience.

“It’s not about the play, we need the experience to play these games [and win].”

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