Pitso Mosimane: Sundowns will reach Caf Champions League knockout stages

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The 54-year-old mentor has promised to guide Sundowns to victory against Guinea's AC Horoya in their final Group C match at home

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane remains adamant that they will qualify for the knockout stages of the Caf Champions League.

The Brazilians manager was speaking after their 1-0 loss to defending champions Wydad Casablanca on Friday night in Morocco.

The 2016 African champions are sitting third on the Group C log with five points and will need to beat Horoya who sit second on eight points to advance, and the coach says they will meet the Moroccans in the semi-finals.

“We will win against Horoya. We will win. We will meet again with Wydad, hopefully in the semifinals. I like to come here. Let’s see what will happen. But in South Africa we win,” Mosimane told the Sundowns website.

“The chances to reach the knockout stage are 50/50. All we have to do is win our last match at home. We win our last match, we qualify,” he added.

“We’re playing at home. When we are playing at home we are strong. Even here we were strong. We played Wydad in South Africa and we put them under pressure for most of the match. We dominated Wydad in South Africa. So, we have to win at home. If you don’t win, you’re out,” continued Mosimane.

“It was a good game of high quality. First, congratulations to Wydad. They showed that they are a big team and they showed that they are the champions of Africa. I am happy with my team but I am not happy with the results,” reacted Mosimane.

“We didn’t sit back. We came here to win and we pressed from the first minute to force the goalkeeper to kick and make sure that Said doesn’t play,” he praised his team.

“We achieved our objectives of making them play long balls. We dealt with the long balls properly. They are a good team. They are the champions, but we are also a good team. We came here to play,” concluded the coach.

 

 

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