The Fifa break is a stressful period, reveals Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane

The Masandawana mentor has revealed some of the concerns that the international break brings with it

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has revealed the stresses that the international break brings with it.

Sundowns most recently progressed to the next round of the Caf Champions League despite their defeat to Wydad Casablanca in their final group game.

However, while many would welcome the international break as an opportunity to rest, the Sundowns mentor has a contrasting outlook on it.

“The Fifa break for us is not a break because we have got those five players going to Bafana. Kennedy Mweene, Denis Onyango, Anthony Laffor and others go to their countries,” Mosimane was quoted as saying by Phakaaathi.

“The Fifa break is a stressful period because we never get all of the players free from injuries. It is always Laffor and Denis (who come back with injuries) … Since Sibusiso Vilakazi went to Bafana he has not been back. The Fifa break for us is a totally different game, it is good for other teams,” he explained.

In addition to Sundowns’ quest for African glory, the Tshwane giants will return to Premier Soccer League (PSL) action immediately after the Fifa break with a highly anticipated Tshwane Derby, and the 54-year-old remains wary of his side's fellow title contenders as they look to defend their domestic crown.

“It is a tough league, Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City have a good opportunity, they can win it. SuperSport United are also there, don’t write them off,” Mosimane said.

“It is a long way to go and I am happy that we can bring in players and rotate and we keep our attitude of attack and the way we play. I am happy with that because the games are coming thick and fast,” he concluded.

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