Pitso Mosimane (Getty Photography)
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Manqoba Mngqithi on Monday said his facet would now now not peek to live far from a seemingly reunion with frail coach Pitso Mosimane as all groups pose a threat within the CAF Champions League knockout phases.
Sundowns can right a situation within the quarter-finals of the continental competition with a design conclude over TP Mazembe in a Community B conflict on Tuesday.
After recording three wins from their first three fits played for a 100% file at the high of their crew, Sundowns bear one witness on capacity opponents within the latter phases of the competition.
With frail head coach, Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly – the defending champions – third in Community A, it would possibly perchance perchance probably well see a seemingly reunion with the frail coach and his earlier assistants.
Talking sooner than Tuesday’s stumble upon, Mngqithi said that Sundowns had been now now not having a peek to live far from any capacity opponent as all groups had been stuffed with quality and posed a threat in their beget unbiased appropriate.
“To be appropriate there would possibly perchance be never the kind of thing as a such part as fending off any particular opponent,” Mngqithi said. “While you salvage to the final stage of the Champions League you would very nicely be in all likelihood facing groups who bear beforehand obtained the competition.
“For of us that live far from Al Ahly, you would meet Esperance and if now now not them then you definately would possibly perchance well well lag into Wydad Casablanca or Zamalek even though they’ve now now not performed nicely to this point.
“You are repeatedly at risk of face no doubt this kind of mountainous groups, Al Ahly are now now not a little team and neither are TP Mazembe and neither are ES Setif even though they’re now now not within the competition this twelve months.
“It is by no technique easy whilst you salvage into the knockout phases of the CAF Champions League esteem equivalent to it be traumatic within the latter phases of the UEFA Champions League.
“You’ll lag into a team in all likelihood who bear obtained it as soon as, twice or time and again before.”
Mngqithi added that any capacity match-up against Mosimane would be a conflict between the two groups and now now not a non-public duel between the two coaches.
“Personally going up against any coach, it’ll nonetheless by no technique be an emotional game,” Mngqithi said. “I repeatedly peek at the game and the particular particular person opponents.
“I’m working with monsters here [technical team] who produce alternative work within the motivate of the scenes to salvage sure we’re nicely ready as a team.”
Kick-off for Tuesday’s conflict is at 18: 00.