Pitso de­lighted

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Mamelodi Sun­downs coach Pitso Mosi­mane has ex­pressed his joy at hav­ing Or­lando Pi­rates and Kaizer Chiefs join them on the con­ti­nent and tipped Bid­vest Wits for the Absa Premier­ship ti­tle.

Sun­downs are cur­rently com­pet­ing in their fifth con­sec­u­tive CAF Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign since 2015, and have this year been joined by their fel­low PSL gi­ants.

Downs and Pi­rates have both qual­i­fied for the Cham­pi­ons League group stages, while Chiefs are one step away from reach­ing the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup group stage for the first time in their his­tory.

This has brought great sat­is­fac­tion to Mosi­mane – a for­mer CAF Coach of the Year af­ter lift­ing the pre­mier con­ti­nen­tal club crown in 2016, adding that it will ul­ti­mately ben­e­fit the South African na­tional team.

“It’s good and I’m so happy that my broth­ers are there (on the con­ti­nent) now in the groups stages (Ed note: Chiefs are yet to reach the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup group stage),” said Mosi­mane.

“We’re all fly­ing the flag, which is good for Bafana Bafana be­cause we’re play­ing against [African] play­ers in that space.

“I’m happy with that. It’s been our lives for the last five years that we’ve lived in that space, and there’s no ex­cuses about the com­pe­ti­tions.”

'Jin­gles’ also lauded the pa­tri­o­tism of the League, who have ac­com­mo­dated all three rep­re­sen­ta­tives by ad­just­ing their do­mes­tic fix­ture sched­ule to suit their trav­els on the con­ti­nent.

“I must re­ally give the PSL credit, they’ve been com­mu­ni­cat­ing with us even dur­ing the week and at night, to try and help us fly the flag of the coun­try by shift­ing and mov­ing games,” he noted.

“We’ve got about 32 games [in all com­pe­ti­tions] ahead and there’s no break in be­tween, so I think Chiefs and Pi­rates are go­ing to go through the same thing.”

Mosi­mane also boldly sug­gested that The Clever Boys, who boast a two-point lead at the top of the stand­ings, would re­claim the league ti­tle they re­lin­quished to Downs last sea­son.

“So, Wits – I tip Hunty [coach Gavin Hunt] to run away with the [Absa Premier­ship] ti­tle,” con­cluded the three­time do­mes­tic cham­pi­onship-win­ning tac­ti­cian.

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