Mamelodi Sun­downs out to defy light­ning adage

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle -

THE old say­ing that “light­ning never strikes the same place twice” is a myth that coach Pitso Mosi­mane be­lieves his Mamelodi Sun­downs charges can defy when they meet Za­malek in the Caf Cham­pi­ons Fi­nal at the Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium on Satur­day.

The Brazil­ians have beaten the White Knights twice al­ready in the tour­na­ment’s group stages, firstly 2-1 in Cairo and with a 1-0 win in Pre­to­ria back in July. How­ever, coach Mosi­mane is wary this could come back to bite them.

“The best thing is to try and win here, not go to Cairo to try and play for a re­sult,” said Mosi­mane.

“You know the story of beat­ing a team two times be­fore you meet them for the third time has been a dif­fer­ent story, which I think the Wits game told us. We beat them twice, home and away, scored four goals, but the fi­nal was a dif­fer­ent case and I hope it’s not the same,” added the former Bafana Bafana coach.

Equally, Mosi­mane be­lieves the club’s hunger and am­bi­tion could drive them to achiev­ing their big­gest goal, which he says was the rea­son he ac­cepted the Sun­downs job when ap­proached. “It’s not for Pitso, its for Sun­downs,” said Mosi­mane. “I think ev­ery­body wants that and that’s why I came to Mamelodi Sun­downs. In my first in­ter­view, I did say I came to this club be­cause of the Cham­pi­ons League and that team wants it. I be­lieve we will win the Cham­pi­ons League,” said the Brazil­ians men­tor.

Mean­while, Za­malek coach Momen Soli­man has told king­ that he will ten­der his res­ig­na­tion should his charges fail to win the Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle. How­ever, like Mosi­mane, the bold and con­fi­dent White Knights coach be­lieves his op­po­nents will be a dif­fi­cult cus­tomer.

“Sun­downs is a big, strong team just like Za­malek, and win­ning the ti­tle is pos­si­ble for ei­ther team,” Soli­man was quoted as say­ing.

“If we lose I’ll resign via phone call and I will not go to the club for the train­ing ses­sions so that I don’t em­bar­rass any­one if this hap­pens. We can’t get any­thing wrong in the com­ing pe­riod; in train­ing, sleep­ing, or nu­tri­tion. Ev­ery­thing must be done at a high level,” Soli­man added.— Su­per­sport.

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