Sundowns’ Mosimane pleads with SA teams to challenge more in Africa
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has made a strong call to South African teams to compete more strongly in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.
The 2016 CAF Coach of the Year and champions spoke out after leading his team to the CAFCL’s quarter-finals for the fourth time in five seasons.
Sundowns beat Nigeria’s Lobi Stars 3-0 on Saturday to make the last eight, with a final group game against Wydad Casablanca to spare.
“It's important for South African football to have teams like Chiefs and Pirates in the final of the Champions League.
"We have quality, our league is top quality and we must not have excuses. We don't have excuses not to represent the country in the Champions League, why do Algerians have two teams in the group stages.
"Tunisians have two teams, Egyptians have two, but in South Africa, you only have one, we need to have two and we need to stay longer in the tournament and the CAF confederation (Cup).
"I think we can and what is the problem, we can't complain about budgets. I mean how do the other teams get the budget. Simba FC in Tanzania are in the group stages, where do they get the budget?"
The man known as “Jingles” also stressed how club football success on the continent stands to improve Bafana Bafana.
“These tournaments are very important for our national team, when you see Percy playing for Bafana against Nigeria with Mshishi (Themba Zwane), it's because we played against Enyimba here and away.
"I'm happy I saw Chiefs people, Celtic, SuperSport people and okay it's a national agenda. And we have to team up and fight this fight against anything from outside,” Mosimane concluded.
Meanwhile, Sundowns are currently joint-leaders with Orlando Pirates in the Absa Premiership, and are well in the race to win the title with seven games remaining.
Kabo Yellow visit relegation-fighters Maritzburg United away tomorrow.