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Pitso Mosimane: Why Orlando Pirates will struggle to challenge for the PSL title next season

1:05 am AEST 4/5/18
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The Brazilians gaffer has questioned Bucs’ ability to do well in the Champions League and PSL

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane believes that Orlando Pirates will find it difficult to challenge for the Premier Soccer League (PSL) title next season.

The Buccaneers qualified for next season’s Caf Champions League after finishing second in the league, in the current 2017/18 campaign.

It was a two-horse race for the league title as it reached its final stages but Sundowns beat Pirates to the trophy - winning it for a record eight times.

Mosimane, who guided Sundowns to their maiden Caf Champions League title in 2016, has questioned if Pirates have the resilience to compete on all fronts.

"They have the [Caf] Champions League next year. But do they have the experience?" Mosimane told SowetanLive.

Mosimane feels that the most of the current Bucs players lack continental club football experience.

 "Sure they have the coach [Milutin Sredojevic]. Micho knows the Champions League. But does [Thembinkosi] Lorch know it? What about [Luvuyo] Memela? And the boy from Zambia [Justin Shonga]? Let's face it, Pirates have been playing every seven days,” he added

“Can they play every three days like us? They had enough rest this season. They were not even in the top eight. They were fresh,” the accomplished tactician added.

Mosimane believes that Bucs, who won the Champions League title in 1995 and finished second in 2013, will struggle to juggle between the PSL and the continental competition.

"You're in transit, on flights, then when you land you have a match two days later. Do they [Pirates] have the mentality?,” he asked.

Pirates will be making their return to the Caf inter-club competitions having made their last appearance in 2015.

They were narrowly defeated by Tunisian giants Etoile du Sahel in the Confederation Cup final three years ago.