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Cape Town City clash a thorn in the flesh, says Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane

13:48 SAST 2018/08/24
Pitso Mosimane, Mamelodi Sundowns, 2018
The Masandawana coach remains wary of the Mother City side as he continues to chase his maiden Wafa Wafa crown as Sundowns head coach

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says he expects a different ball game when they face Cape Town City in the MTN8 Cup semi-final clash on Saturday afternoon.

The Brazilians' boss reckons the match against the Citizens will not be about tactics, saying the mood of the game will be different at the Cape Town Stadium.

Speaking to reporters at the Premier Soccer League (PLS) offices on Thursday, 'Jingles' described the clash against City as a thorn in the flesh.

“This game against Cape Town City is a thorn in the flesh. It's between (Caf) Champions League and the league - it's difficult,” Mosimane told the media.

“It will be a different mood in the semi-final. The (AC) Horoya game will also be a different mood,” he added.

“If you ask me about preparation, it's hectic. We knew about it and we are not complaining. It's against all odds,” said Mosimane.

“MTN8 Cup is important. It's important for the team to win it. I've never won it at Sundowns, it's been elusive to us,” he reacted.

“It's not about tactics or technique. It's the mood of the games. It's affected by the results. The players know what's in it,” said the current PSL champion coach.

“The Top 8 is financially good for the players - they don't need 30 games to get R10 million,” he continued.

“We are facing a very good team. They [City] are highly organised and this is a team that plays from the back,” he noted.

“They build-up up well and have a good coach. They are a good group and they've been together for three years - it's not going to be be easy,” concluded Mosimane.

Although the Brazilians are fresh from a 1-0 Caf Champions League loss to Wydad Casablanca and a goalless draw against Highlands Park in their PSL campaign, Mosimane will want to do everything to lift his first Wafa Wafa crown as the Sundowns coach.