Sundowns’ schedule intimidating

Sundowns’ schedule intimidating

Sundowns’ schedule intimidating

Mamelodi Sundowns’ punishing schedule – contesting the league‚ and semifinals in Africa and at home – is intimidating‚ admits their coach Pitso Mosimane‚ but also a chance for their players to write their name in history

Downs meet Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday night in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

The club had hoped to have the match postponed to have the full week to prepare for Saturday’s first leg of their Caf Champions League semifinal against Zesco United in Ndola‚ Zambia – but this was controversially declined by the PSL.

Mosimane admitted the programme Downs must contend with – simultaneously also contesting a home-and-away MTN8 semifinal against Chippa United‚ and with matches in midweek and on the weekend for the rest of the month – is daunting.

“It’s intimidating but it’s also good‚ let’s be honest. It’s nice to see Sundowns in the space where it is now‚” Downs’ coach said.

“You will then know where you are as a team – locally and continentally. For the players also‚ and for their profiles‚ it can be good.

Sundowns’ schedule intimidating

“Today we still talk about Jerry Sikhosana scoring in the 1995 Chamions League final [for Orlando Pirates against Asec Mimosas]. So hopefully Teko [Modise] and them can also be legends.

“I was listening to the radio on the 20-year anniversary from the 1996 African Nations Cup‚ and Mark Williams was talking about his two goals in the final‚ and saying‚ ‘I’m the best – who else has ever done that’.

“And he’s right. But maybe there can be a new chapter in the Champions League.

“And I think if you win it once‚ more success comes. Setif won it‚ and went to the semis the next year‚ Enyimba won it and went to the next final‚ TP Mazembe won it and went to final the next year.

“I don’t want to talk about Al Ahly – no-one has ever done what they’ve done. But maybe – look‚ it’s a chance and it’s an opportunity. Why not go for it?”

Mosimane has said he will rest key players against Maritzburg as he rotates for the match against at a tough Harry Gwala home venue that is not a favourite destination for any team in the PSL.

United – miracle final-day survivors of relegation last season from an impossible situation under Ernst Middendorp – started their PSL season with a 1-0 win away against Bloemfontein Celtic. —

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Sundowns’ schedule intimidating