Pitso: Downs must play smart

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The African champions recently drew their opening pool match with St George in Tshwane, raising the stakes for the upcoming clash in DR Congo (15h30 kick-off).

“Our worry about Kinshasa was to say now we playing on Wednesday and we travelling [back to South Africa] on Thurday and we land here Thursday night and on Friday it's only one day rest and we have to play Highlands Park on Saturday, and you understand where it was going,” said Mosimane.

“In Kinshasa we have to make sure we don’t lose because they are now bottom of the log, they have minus two. We have to be smart, keep them down there. It's okay now the league is gone, it takes the money off your shoulders,” he added, referring to relinquishing the Premiership crown to Bidvest Wits on May 17.

Mosimane indicated he could rotate his squad for the final league game of the season with relegation-threatened Highlands Park in Tembisa on Saturday. The Brazilians are looking to hold onto second spot in the standings  - which earns a return to Champions League football - ahead of Cape Town City.

“Then we will see what we do with Highlands game because we have to look after ourselves because nobody looks at ourselves. Remember we are also in the same jungle. Maybe keep the players away from the game of Highlands and make sure I have fresh players for Champions League.”

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