Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is under no illusions of how tricky the clash against Baroka will be on Tuesday evening.
Masandawana return to Premier Soccer League (PSL) action following their exploits on the continent where they overcame Equatorial Guinea outfit Leones Vegetarianos 7-1 on aggregate, and booked their place in the next round against Ahli Benghazi.
But before Mosimane and his troops can think about the trip to Cairo, where they Libyan’s are set to host the Brazilians, there is the small matter of fending off a confident Baroka.
Not only did Baroka enjoy their first ever Telkom Knockout Cup final outing on Saturday, but they were able to confirm their status of being giant slayers by beating Orlando Pirates to the coveted crown.
“That’s our next trip. It’s not an easy one because we have a thorn in the flesh which is the Baroka game in midweek,” Mosimane was quoted as saying by the club’s website.
Baroka have already got one over their upcoming opponents as Sundowns were bundled out of the TKO at the hands of the Limpopo-based outfit.
Nonetheless, Mosimane is forced to play a balancing act and stated that they will leave for Egypt immediately after the game in order to be ready for the continental showdown on Friday.
“You ask yourself, when we are going to travel? If we can find a flight, we must travel the same night after the Baroka match so that at least you’re in Cairo the next day,” Mosimane said.
“That’s a big one, against a very big team. It’s up to the boys to bring confidence to the country. We have to win against that team so that we give Bafana Bafana confidence because most of the players who play for Libya are there. It’s important to win away,” he expressed.