Tuesday Mar 26, 2019. 13:00
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane has urged South African clubs to follow in his club’s footsteps and take continental club competitions more seriously.
The Brazilians are the only team from the country still in contention for continental honours this season and will face Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the quarter-finals of the Caf Champions League next month.
Sundowns, who won the 2016 CafCL title, have been South Africa’s flag bearer in Africa of late, having taken over the mantle from Orlando Pirates who reached two continental finals in the last decade.
Tshwane rivals SuperSport United also recently reached the Caf Confederations Cup final, but Mosimane believes South African teams have no excuse to do even better on the continent.
“We have quality, our league is top,” KickOff.com quoted Mosimane as saying.
“We don’t have excuses in South Africa about the Champions League. We just don’t have excuses not to represent the country properly on the continent. Why do Algeria have two, Tunisia have two, Egypt have two and South Africa we only have one?
“We need to have two and we also need to stay longer in the Confederation Cup. We can. What is the problem? We can’t complain about budget. I mean what budget are we complaining about?”
The first-leg of Sundowns last eight showdown against eight-time CafCL champions Al Ahly will take place next weekend in Atteridgeville.