Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane might have been delighted to have picked up the three points on Friday night against Asec Mimosas but he is not getting too ahead of himself.
While strikes by Mosa Lebusa, Themba Zwane and Emiliano Tade were enough for Sundowns to overcome the Ivorians as they registered their second consecutive win in the group stages, Asec showed signs of resistance, and Mosimane believes they will not have it all their own way in Abidjan.
“Asec are going to be a difficult team away,” Mosimane was quoted as saying by IOL.
“We respect them very much. They have a star on top of their badge (for the Champions League title they won in 1998),” he added.
“In Abidjan it’s not going to be easy. I hope that we don’t miss a lot there. I know that we will get one or two chances, I don’t know if we will take them though,” he said.
Furthermore, Sundowns have come across several sides from West Africa this season, but the Tshwane giant’s 54-year-old tactician suggests that the former African champions may have been the strongest side that they have come up against.
“In the West African teams that we have played against, we faced Lobi Stars (from Nigeria) and the team from Equatorial Guinea (Leones Vegetarianos), but Asec is the one team that looks good,” Mosimane continued.
“They have individual qualities on the ball and they’ve got a good technique. It’s the Ivorians!” He concluded.
Meanwhile, before Sundowns can focus on the continental showdown, their attention returns to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) where they will meet Black Leopards on Wednesday evening.
The win against Asec would have come as a major boost to their confidence after their previous two games in all competitions ended in defeats.