Pitso Mosimane: Sundowns to use Telkom Knockout as Caf Champions League preparation

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The Masandawana mentor has lauded his backroom staff following their progression into the next round of the Telkom Knockout over the weekend

'A coach is only as good as the people around him'.

This was the sentiment of Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane after his side overcame Bloemfontein Celtic and booked their place in the next round of the Telkom Knockout on Saturday.

While it was not the prettiest of victories for the Tshwane giants as Gaston Sirino’s second half strike was enough to separate the two teams, Mosimane has hailed his technical team for the work that they did behind the scene.

Mosimane has been working towards achieving his Caf Pro License and was subsequently unavailable to put his players through their paces in the run-up to the game. The 54-year-old needed to attend the course in Morocco and left his team in the capable hands of assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi and the rest of his technical team.

“I need to give credit to my technical team because they are the ones that prepared the team (in my absence). To be honest, I think they are the ones that won the game,” Mosimane was quoted as saying by The Star.

 “It’s good to be surrounded by quality because I always boast that my technical team is the best in Africa. And I always think that ‘local is lekker’ because they are boys from the township and I like my bench because it represents the country,” he added.

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Meanwhile, progression means that Sundowns have another shot at a trophy this season after failing to win the MTN8, but Mosimane admits that the Cup will be used as a means of preparing his charges for the upcoming Caf Champions League which is set to get underway next month.

“We are playing Champions League very soon, so we’ll be using the Telkom Knockout to prepare for it,” he revealed.

“In a few weeks’ time, we’ll be back in Champions League, so we need these kinds of games. We are a little bit far in the league (Absa Premiership) but we’ll get there because we have so many new players, so it will take time to gel,” he explained.

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