- Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has hailed the Shell Helix Ultra Cup as the perfect pre-season preparation for his side
- Mamelodi Sundowns will face Kaizer Chiefs in the first ever Shell Helix Ultra Cup on 21 July 2018
- Mosimane said the match would be a good gauge of how his team is performing
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has hailed the upcoming Shell Helix Ultra Cup as the perfect pre-season preparation for his side. Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs will contest the inaugural cup match on 21 July at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
Mosimane said playing against Kaizer Chiefs was always a challenge and would provide him and his technical team with a good gauge as to how the team is performing.
He added that the match would be good preparation for the upcoming season in both the domestic and continental league’s where Mamelodi Sundowns are defending their championships.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mosimane said it was important for a team like Mamelodi (and indeed Kaizer Chiefs) to play against a highly-rated opposition during the pre-season in order to properly asses the strengths and weaknesses of the squad.
He said there was nothing like a match against Kaizer Chiefs in a packed stadium to apply real pressure on players and see how they fared.
Goal.com reported that Mamelodi Sundowns suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Township Rollers in their match on Saturday. The teams played a friendly in Gaborone which the current African champs were expected to win easily.
Mosimane said any game between Sundowns and Chiefs was bound to be a grand occasion because Chiefs was such a well-supported and historic side.
He said a game against Kaizer Chiefs was never easy and would forever be a big occasion.
The Shell Helix Ultra Cup takes place a couple of days after Sundowns next group stage match in the CAF African League against AS Togo-Port in West Africa.
The defending champions will be hoping to get their campaign back on-track after a less than impressive start to the new season.
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