Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane urges PSL clubs to prioritise Caf tournaments

The Masandawana boss says Bafana Bafana will benefit if there are more South African clubs in continental club competitions

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has urged Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs to take the Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup seriously.

‘Jingles’ says it was pleasing to see Kaizer Chiefs, SuperSport United and Bloemfontein Celtic fans at the Lucas Moripe Stadium to support his men against Nigerian side Lobi Stars on Saturday night.

“It’s important for South African football to have teams like Chiefs and Pirates in the final of the Champions League,” Mosimane said after the match.

Sundowns secured a 3-0 victory over Lobi Stars in their penultimate Group A match and they qualified for quarter-finals and they could be joined by Orlando Pirates, who will hope to beat Guinea's AC Horoya next weekend.

“We have quality, our league is top quality and we must not have excuses. We don’t have excuses not to represent the country in the Champions League, why do Algerians have two teams in the group stages,” he added.

“Tunisians have two teams, Egyptians have two, but in South Africa, you only have one…we need to have two and we need to stay longer in the tournament and the Caf confederation (Cup). I think we can and what is the problem, we can’t complain about budgets?” he quizzed.

“I mean how do the other teams get the budget. Simba FC in Tanzania are in the group stages, where do they get the budget?,” continued the Brazilians mentor.

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Moreover, he said Bafana Bafana is bound to benefit from PSL clubs’ regular participation in Caf competitions.

“These tournaments are very important for our national team, when you see Percy playing for Bafana against Nigeria with Mshishi (Themba Zwane), it’s because we played against Enyimba here and away,” he responded.

“I’m happy I saw Chiefs people, Celtic, SuperSport people and okay it’s a national agenda. And we have to team up and fight this fight against anything from outside,” he concluded.