local soccer 27.2.2015 11:26 am

Mosimane urges his Sundowns troops to fight

Sundowns head coach, Pitso Mosimane. Photo: Lee Warren / Gall Images

Sundowns head coach, Pitso Mosimane. Photo: Lee Warren / Gall Images

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has warned his charges to fight on against St Michel United in the second leg of the first qualifying round match of the Caf Champions League at Loftus Versfeld tomorrow afternoon at 5pm.

Sundowns were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man St Michel in the first leg in Seychelles. But the away goal, an equaliser by Khama Billiat in the 83rd minute, will give Downs a crucial advantage.

“St Michel will try to catch us on the counter-attack,” said Mosimane, “so it is a mental game. If it dies on 0-0 we are through.

“But we are not a team that will sit back for a goalless draw. Regenerating the team and prioritisation are important.

“Priority was the game against Thanda Royal Zulu, you put in your first team. Against AmaZulu, you put in your first team and against St Michel, what do you think I am going to put in? I am going to put in the first team.”

This first team Mosimane was referring to played in three competitions in the last two weeks, the Champions League, the Nedbank Cup where they knocked out Thanda Royal Zulu and the Absa Premiership where they beat AmaZulu 1-0 to move to third place and reduce the gap between themselves and Kaizer Chiefs to 10 points.

Kaizer Chiefs are also in action in the Caf Champions League tomorrow, taking on Township Rollers of Botswana in Gaborone in the second leg of their first qualifying match. Amakhosi have a 2-1 lead from the first leg in Johannesburg (kick off 3pm).

Bidvest Wits, meanwhile, should have the easiest task of the three South African sides involved in continental action this weekend, as they travel to Swaziland to take on Royal Leopards in the second leg of their first qualifying round match in the Caf Confederation Cup, also on Saturday (kick off 5pm).

The Clever Boys have a 3-0 lead from the first leg.

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