Sun­downs tar­get Horoya win

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Reporter news@in­

Mamelodi Sun­downs will go to Cape Town for the first leg of the MTN8 semi­fi­nal with one eye on the Caf Cham­pi­ons League where they have an im­por­tant clash against Horoya to de­ter­mine who will join Wy­dad Casablanca in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

The Brazil­ians’ hec­tic sched­ule con­tin­ues with a clash against Cape Town City at Cape Town Sta­dium on Satur­day right af­ter play­ing to a goal­less draw with High­lands Park on Wed­nes­day at Lof­tus Vers­feld in the Absa Pre­mier­ship. The match against the Lions of the North came right af­ter Sun­downs re­turned from a gru­elling con­test with the reign­ing African cham­pi­ons Wy­dad in Morocco on Fri­day night. But coach Pitso Mosi­mane didn’t make any ex­cuses for Sun­downs’ goal­less draw with High­lands.

“It’s two points dropped, hon­estly speak­ing,” Mosi­mane said. “But look at the cir­cum­stances, and we tried to win. We cre­ated chances, not re­ally big chances apart from the one that was cleared off the line from Wayne Arendse’s ef­fort. But what can you do? We tried to play. We went into the other side. We never sat back.”

“They are the ones who didn’t want to start. They are the one who in­ter­rupted play. They are happy with the point. I saw the coach punch­ing the air af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle. I said, ‘oh, okay’, that meets their ob­jec­tives to get a point here. They’re prob­a­bly right to think like that.”

Sun­downs will not dwell much on that draw as they have to take on the Cit­i­zens in the Mother City in the first leg be­fore host­ing them in the re­turn leg with a place in the MTN8 fi­nal up for grabs. But Mosi­mane’s main pri­or­ity is the tie with Horoya at Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium on Tues­day.

Horoya need just a draw to ad­vance to the quar­ter­fi­nals while the Brazil­ians need a win to make it to the knock­out stage of the Cham­pi­ons League for a third year in a row.

“We have to re­fresh the squad,” Mosi­mane said. “Mshishi (Themba Zwane) and them must rest. We have an im­por­tant game on Tues­day which de­ter­mines our fate in the big­ger scheme of things in the Cham­pi­ons League. Those who were play­ing here must rest a bit. Let other guys get a chance to go to Cape Town and play. But I don’t think that this team will play. We will bring an­other team, maybe the one that played against Kaizer Chiefs in the Shell He­lix Ul­tra Cup. We will bring that one, hope­fully they hang in there, it’s pos­si­ble.”

“What if they win? You’ve got to un­der­stand that we have an­other chance in the top eight here in the sec­ond leg. But you can’t put the first leg of the MTN8 semi­fi­nal ahead of the Cham­pi­ons League where it’s a win at all cost.”

Brazil­ians need a win to make it to the knock­out stage of the Cham­pi­ons League for a third year in a row

Mamelodi Sun­downs Player Tiyani Mabunda

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