Sundowns ready for Enyimba
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes his charges will be in better shape when they face Enyimba next Wednesday in the CAF Champions League.
Mamelodi Sundowns players during a clash against Platinum Stars at Lucas Moripe Stadium. Picture credits:
The Brazilians made a great start in the group stage after beating Algerian side ES Setif 2-0 away last weekend with a depleted squad. Mosimane, though, said Sundowns were not in tip-top condition despite their win.
He praised the club’s fitness trainer Kabelo “KB” Rangoaga for ensuring the players coped in North African conditions.
“You must remember that we only trained for two days effectively [before playing ES Setif], but credit to KB and credit to the boys who showed that they are up to the task,” Mosimane told the Sundowns website.
“Our preparation (for the clash against ES Setif) was not aggressive, but we were clear in our mind that we had nothing to lose. As a result, there was less pressure and less stress and we will take this same attitude forward,” he said.
“It was only on the last day of our preparations that we saw some strong work. But as you saw, a player like (Hlompho) Kekana was not at his best, organisationally and tactically, and didn’t play the crucial passes we expect of him. Leo (Leonardo Castro) was also not at his best, as he did not have any training at all while he took care of his family – his newborn child was not well and this is what he had to focus on. We gave him an additional two days off.”
The former Bafana Bafana coach said he was not losing sleep over Enyimba, who lost 1-0 at home against Egyptian side Zamalek. “We are not worried … but we will give everything all the same.”
Enyimba will play two games in their league before facing Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium.