Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane eyes MTN8 glory

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The Masandawana coach enjoys the unenviable task of balancing his side's exploits on several fronts

Mamelodi Sundowns may be forced to deal with another congested campaign but that hasn’t stopped head coach Pitso Mosimane from expressing his desire to win the elusive MTN8 crown.

Sundowns recently overcame Lamontville Golden Arrows and set up a meeting with Cape Town City this coming weekend.

While Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane’s tenure has been highly successful, one trophy that has eluded his at the Tshwane giants has been the MTN8, and after reaching the semi-finals of this year's competition, Sundowns have the opportunity to finally claim the big prize.

Nonetheless, the 54-year-old tactician has not hidden his desire to win the lucrative tournament.  

“Desperate to win the MTN8? I am not sure,” Mosimane was quoted as saying by City Press.

“But eager, yes. I would love to win it. I also want to win it with Sundowns because I have not won it with Sundowns,” he added.

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Sundowns have consistently struggled to get their hands on the crown as they have needed to find a balance between domestic football and on the continent.

Even looking forward to the MTN8 semi-final first leg, Mosimane will first need to guide his side past Highlands Park in the Premier Soccer League (PSL)  only days after returning from a Caf Champions League encounter in Morocco.

“But this cup [MTN8] ... we always have the Champions League semi-finals and quarter-finals in between,” Mosimane explained.

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“It does not give me happiness to play or not put the best team on the pitch that I think on the day is the best team,” he said.

Mosimane is likely to rotate his squad on Wednesday as the side are set to jet out later in the week to Cape Town for the first leg of the MTN8.

“I play this week, I am playing another game next week,” he expressed.

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