No North Africa fears for Downs
After wrapping up their most successful Caf Champions League group stage campaign with a 1-0 victory over Wydad Casablanca, Mamelodi Sundowns will now wait with bated breath to see who they will be paired with in the quarterfinals.
Sundowns will face either Raja Casablanca of Morocco or Egyptian giants Zamalek and Al-Ahly, who they boast a good record against. Downs embarrassed Ahly with a 5-0 thumping last year while they beat Zamalek 3-0 in the first-leg of the 2016 final.
Masandawana mentor Pitso Mosimane says he has nothing to worry about as his side know how to play against the North Africans, who usually dominate on the continent.
“It is good to finish on top of the log, which is what we wanted. It is a positive change for the team. We are growing slowly with the experience and we tend to understand the tournament a little bit more now, we are no longer naïve,” said Mosimane.
“The most important thing for us is to know how to play against the North Africans because they have been dominant in club football. The title is always in North Africa and they are always in the semifinals.
“What is important for us at Sundowns is to understand their culture and mentality and how they play. We have played Esperance, Al-Ahly, Zamalek, Wydad,
USM Algers and the results have been good, which means we understand their mentality,” added Mosimane.
His plan is to not lose away and make sure they seal the deal in the reverse fixture.
“When we go away we must not lose and we have to sort it out at home. If we score away, that’s much better.”
GOAL. Ricardo Nascimento celebrates after scoring during their Caf Champions League match against Wydad at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.