Shell Helix Ultra Cup clash against Kaizer Chiefs ideal preparation for Mamelodi Sundowns, says Pitso Mosimane

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The Masandawana coach is looking forward to the Tshwane giant's pre-season friendly against Amakhosi later this month

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes that his club’s pre-season friendly against Kaizer Chiefs will be ideal preparation for the season ahead.

Sundowns are set to take on Amakhosi in the inaugural Shell Helix Ultra Cup scheduled for July 21st. Masandawana though resume their Caf Champions League campaign in Togo just a days before, but with an MTN8 campaign thereafter on the horizon, the Sundowns coach will look to use the game as a gauge for his side’s readiness.

It could be a big season for Mosimane’s men, who will not only look to defend their Premier Soccer League (PSL) crown but will look to keep their hopes of a second star alive on the continent.

Nonetheless, the 53-year-old mentor is relishing the opportunity of coming up against his Johannesburg rivals.   

"I think the match will give us good momentum for the preparation of the other Champions League games in the group,” Mosimane told reporters.

"And it also gives you nice preparation for the top eight. We like it and we will see how ready we are after playing this game,” he added.

Sundowns recently took on Botswana’s Township Rollers in a pre-season friendly, suffering a 1-0 defeat.

"Above all, what it is important for Sundowns is to have official pre-season games that you know is a strong game, that players and everybody will be looking out to, unlike when you don't have nothing,” he explained.

"Then you have to motivate players and play in games where there are no supporters, that does not look good,” he continued.

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Furthermore, Mosimane’s men could potentially come up against one of their former stars in Khama Billiat, who recently made a shock switch to Naturena.

"It is also good for our team to have a tournament with a team of the calibre of Chiefs. They have numbers, they are a big club. Our games against them are never easy, they are forever big games."

 

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