Pitso hopes to in­spire Bafana

Win in Libya will boost con­fi­dence

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Go­molemo Motshwane

As Mamelodi Sun­downs pre­pare to take on Ahli Beng­hazi of Libya, the for­mer African kings will go out with the aim of giv­ing a boost in­di­rectly to Bafana Bafana.

The Brazil­ians have ad­vanced to the sec­ond round of the pre­lim­i­nary stages of the CAF Cham­pi­ons League af­ter a 7-1 ag­gre­gate win over Leones Vege­tar­i­anos.

In the next stage, start­ing next week­end, they will take on the Libyan club in Egypt (due to war in Libya) in the first-leg.

Bafana could ben­e­fit from that fix­ture as the South Africans will square-off in a door-die match in March against Libya in the qual­i­fiers for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Sun­downs coach Pitso Mosi­mane wants to give Bafana a taste of that feel-good fac­tor with a pos­i­tive re­sult against the Libyans.

“Now we are go­ing to play the Libyan team and we need to win that game to show that we can go to Libya and win with Bafana,” Mosi­mane said.

“They have many Libya na­tional team play­ers and it’s up to the boys to bring con­fi­dence to the coun­try for Bafana. It’s an im­por­tant game on this is­sue to show that it’s pos­si­ble.”

The 2016 Cham­pi­ons League cham­pi­ons are look­ing to qual­ify for the group stages of the tour­na­ment for a fourth con­sec­u­tive year.

Days be­fore they travel to North Africa, the Tsh­wane gi­ants will take on Baroka in the league on Tues­day night. Mosi­mane wants the team to travel that very same evening af­ter the match in At­teridgeville.

“It’s not go­ing to be easy be­cause we have the Baroka game and it’s a thorn in the flesh. If we can find a flight then we must travel that same night and be in Cairo the next day,” he said.

SA have three teams, Sun­downs, Or­lando Pi­rates and Kaizer Chiefs, re­main­ing in CAF com­pe­ti­tion af­ter Free State Stars were dumped out of the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup.

Sun­downs and Pi­rates are fly­ing the flag in the Cham­pi­ons League while Chiefs are in the sec­ond-tier Con­fed Cup.

Pi­rates over­came Light Stars of Sey­chelles by 8-2 on ag­gre­gate while Chiefs beat Zi­namoto from Zanz­ibar 5-2 of ag­gre­gate.

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Jeremy Brockie, in yel­low, and his Mamelodi Sun­downs team­mates are look­ing to qual­ify for the group stage of the CAF Cham­pi­ons League should they beat Ahli Beng­hazi of Libya.

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