Steven Pienaar: No Mamelodi Sundowns contact

Steven Pienaar insists there has been no contact made over a possible move to Mamelodi Sundowns.

The former Bafana Bafana midfielder is a free agent after his contract at English Premier League side Everton expired.

Some reports have suggested that a move to Chloorkop might be on the cards, but the 34-year-old insists no talks have taken place.

“No, no-one has made contact with me yet,” Pienaar responded when quizzed over a PSL return. “As mentioned before, I want to enjoy my break the best way possible and I will let my manager handle all that stuff.”

Pienaar was linked with a move to the money-rich Chinese League earlier in the year, and by the sounds of things that is still an option.

“Clubs there are investing a lot to put Chinese football on the world football map, which is great,” he adds. “There was contact made in February but let’s wait and see what will happen in the near future.”

* Pienaar was speaking to PUMA at the Steven Pienaar Community Tournament in Westbury, Johannesburg


Pitso Mosimane eases CAF pressure on Mamelodi Sundowns team

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has attempted to take the pressure off his charges ahead of their first CAF Champions League group stage encounter on Saturday, simply encouraging his side to enjoy themselves.

The PSL champions were handed a CAF lifeline, having been reinserted into the competition at the expense of AS Vita who were suspended after fielding an illegible player.

Downs will now face Enyimba, Zamalek and Setif in their African travels, taking on the latter in their opening encounter in Algeria on Saturday evening.

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Yet having had their holidays cut short, and with a host of players having been on international duty, it seems Mosimane has targeted next season’s Champions League as his side’s main focus, urging his charges to merely enjoy it this time around.

“Let Sundowns rub shoulders with Enyimba,” he is quoted as saying on his club’s official website. “They have won it about four times. Let Sundowns play Setif, they won it the year before.

“Let’s enjoy, let us find out what is happening with these clubs, where are we. Let’s see, we have a chance again next year. Maybe we can have fun this year and not fear next year. We will say we have learnt our lessons and go for it.”


Downs will be without suspended duo Denis Onyango and Tebogo Langerman for the clash, which takes place late on Saturday evening.

The match will be broadcast live on SuperSport 4 at 11 pm.

Mamelodi Sundowns’ Pitso Mosimane considers tactical switch for Champions League tie with Setif

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is toying with a change in tactics for Saturday’s CAF Champions League Group B opener with ES Setif in Algeria.

While teams tend to adopt a conservative approach on their travels on the continent, Mosimane is considering giving his men more freedom to attack on the weekend.

“Tactical approach, maybe we should open a little bit more because we were a little bit cautious somewhere, somehow and we learnt from it,” says Mosimane.

“Maybe [this time we should] have fun and go with the way it’s been going, and see how it goes.”

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The Brazilians were eliminated from the competition and the Confederation Cup, but were reinstated to the former event following the disqualification of AS Vita for fielding an ineligible player.

Sundowns will also meet Nigerian side Enyimba and Egyptian giants Zamalek in their pool.