The referee must be fair – Pitso

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 heads into the second leg of the Caf Champions League first round match against DR Congo giants TP Mazembe banking on two aspects; form and experience.

But the former Bafana Bafana coach has added that referring must be up to standard tomorrow afternoon when the two clash.

Downs managed a 1-0 victory in the first leg through a late goal by Zimbabwean Khama Billiat against a 10-man Mazembe team.

The Brazilians are currently in Lubumbashi in DR Congo and prior to their departure Mosimane said he has also drawn strength from former Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa.

Pirates beat Mazembe in the second round of the 2013 edition of the tournament.

“We have players who have a lot of experience,” said Mosimane, “don’t undermine that. We have the likes of Dennis Onyango who played against Nigeria just now in Nigeria, so he cannot be intimidated.”

But what did De Sa say to Mosimane and the technical team prior to their departure for tomorrow’s clash.

“Roger told me about everything,” said Mosimane. “Travelling, intimidations, referees, tough tackles, robust tackles, also that the referee is a human being he might be intimidated by what he sees and what he hears.”

The match will reportedly not be televised in any of our television station.

Mosimane added that he has dealt extensively with Pirates clash against Mazembe, which was not televised as well, to prepare his charges.

“The only regret I have about this game is that we should have managed had a two goal lead like Pirates went with a 3-1 victory,” said Mosimane.

“But we analysed the Pirates game, the one which was not televised, we have.

“It might be two years old but it is not about the tactics it is the mentality and I wanted to show them and we dealt with it.

“The only person we can worry about is the referee. We hope that he is going to be the right person, we hope he is going to do the right job.

“We will go through to the next round and will come out of Lubumbashi.”

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