SA clubs must master Africa

Pitso Mosimane. Picture: Backpagepix

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, has called on South African clubs to do what Bafana Bafana have failed to do since 1996 … conquer Africa.

Mosimane’s Brazilians are preparing for their opening match in the Nedbank Cup where they face Ajax Cape Town in the Mother City tomorrow. The winners of this tournament get an opportunity to represent the country in the Caf Confederation Cup.

SuperSport United are flying the flag in the Confederation Cup where they have advanced to the first round, while Kaizer Chiefs are at the same stage of the Caf Champions League. It is Mosimane and Sundowns’ president, Patrice Motsepe’s, dream to see the Brazilians on the continental stage and they have spent their pre-seasons in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Ghana to prepare the players mentally for the daunting task.

“Sundowns are an ambitious club where the board has high hopes for it, including conquering Africa,” Mosimane said.

“I love the African safari, I want to go there. ‘That’s where you test yourself against the best Africa has to offer.

“But South African teams have to start doing well there. We have no excuses. If Bafana Bafana can’t do it, then our clubs should.”

For Downs to play in any inter-club continental competition, they will have to break a six-year long trophy drought. When you count the millions Motsepe has invested in the club without any return, the year 2008 – when they last won a trophy – is a lifetime ago.

“This is a team that is built for Africa,” Mosimane said.

“I have done Africa for the past six years, first with SuperSport United where I took a young Daine Klate to the Confederation Cup and later with Bafana Bafana. We have to start doing well in these tournaments so that we can have four teams in Africa like Tunisia and Egypt.

“We don’t have any excuse to be struggling.”

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