Tough times for Sundowns: Pitso
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane foresees a tough few months ahead as he plots for the Brazilians to challenge on three fronts – the Absa Premiership, Nedbank Cup and CAF Champions League.
The Chloorkop outfit ended last year on a high by winning the Telkom Knockout for the first time in 16 years as well as topping the league table.
They are scheduled to play Zimbabwean outfit in the preliminarily round of Africa’s premier cup competition, the first leg of which is scheduled for February 13.
“We have been drawn against a very good side,” Mosimane says. “In fact, I think our draw is tougher than (Kaizer) Chiefs (who play Volcan Club of Comoros).
“Chicken Inn is not an easy team. They are a young team, and we signed Kuda Mahachi from them.
“We are doing our homework, but we also have held our pre-season camps in Zimbabwe the past two years, and we are quite familiar with the environment and the stadium, which is more like Olen Park, the stadium Jomo Cosmos use in Potchefstroom.”
Mosimane also pointed to their recent change in transfer policy as they look for quality rather than quantity.
They only signed three players for 2015/16 – Fiston Abdoul Razak, Soumahoro Bangaly and Leonardo Castro – and are not expected to bring in any new faces in the January transfer window.
The Brazilians will be looking to consolidate their first position on the Absa Premiership table when they travel to FNB Stadium to play Chiefs on Saturday.