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Mamelodi Sundowns v ASEC Mimosas

Pitso Mosimane blames pitch and humidity for Mamelodi Sundowns draw

16:47 EAT 13/02/2019
Pitso Mosimane, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2018
The Masandawana mentor believes they were lucky to survive in Cote d’Ivoire, but says they struggled with the climate

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca will not survive in Abidjan, Ivory Coast against Asec Mimosas.

The Brazilians played to a goalless draw with Ivorian giants Mimosas in the Caf Champions League Group A game at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan on Tuesday.

“The conditions are difficult for anybody to come here. I don’t think that Wydad will survive here. They’re also technical, they will struggle with the ball bouncing,” said Mosimane after the match.

“The humidity will also be a challenge for them. It was too hot for us. We survived. I think that they’ll (Asec) beat Wydad, and Asec can also win in Lobi Stars. We couldn’t come to Asec and play like we’re intelligent people,” Mosimane said.

Sundowns are placed second on the Group A standings with seven points from four matches and they are only behind the leaders, Wydad on goal-difference.

“I said it before in the pre-match press conference that we come with respect to Asec. But I always knew – because I watched their game in Morocco, I watched their game against Lobi Stars, and I also watched the game we played against them – once or twice they make mistakes at the back and give the ball away,” continued the manager.

“So we knew that they have wrong passes sometimes at the back and it’s dangerous. But on the opposite side, they are very good on set-pieces,” he reflected.

“We were fortunate that they had a striker who was suspended because if he had played, they are strong upfront. We knew that we had to monitor their attack well. If you do that well, then you’re okay,” he concluded.

Sundowns will now face Polokwane City in a PSL match in Tshwane on Tuesday.