Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says his team has starting to close in on North African teams who have dominated continental soccer since apartheid isolated South Africans. The coach says that teams operating with bigger budgets and better resources will soon have to contend with their equals.
Pitso Mosimane says that his team is closing in on teams that have dominated football since the days of isolation endured during apartheid.
The Mamelodi coach is adamant that teams who were playing Champions League football will soon have to contend with Sub-Saharan African teams who now 'understand how to play' with them.
The Sundowns lost 2-1 against Morocco's Wydad Casablanca, falling out at the semi-final stage this weekend. Mosimane holds his head high however, adamant that his team is catching on:
“When we were still in apartheid‚ these guys were playing Champions League football. We understand how to play with the North Africans but we are yet to conquer them."
The coach lamented playing against teams with better resources by far, commenting that:
‘‘You know about the dominance of North African football in the Champions League‚ they operate at budgets ten times than us‚ they get players back from Europe‚ they don’t just get any coach and they fly private jets."
The departure of Khama Billiat and Percy Tau has also left a dent in the team, with Mosimane admitting that the gap has yet to be filled:
‘‘I have always told you that‚ we tried to reinforce after we lost Khama and Percy. We tried our best to sign Ali Meza‚ Tony Silva‚ Jeremy Brockie and Aubrey Ngoma to try and close the gap but reality is that gap was not closed and that is the truth. When you lose those two strikers‚ it is difficult to maintain the standards."
Nevertheless, the coach is impressed by the progress the team that is 'under construction' has made, reports The Sowetan.
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