Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns and Pitso Mosimane coach of Mamelodi Sundowns
Monday Jan 09, 2017. 13:30
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says his players, Denis Onyango and Khama Billiat will face tough times for their countries in the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
Onyango will be representing Uganda whilst Billiat forms part of the Zimbabwean squad with both sides facing tough groups.
The Cranes are in Group D with Egypt, Ghana, and Mali whilst the Warriors find themselves in Group B alongside, Algeria, Tunisia and Senegal.
However, the 2016 African Coach of the Year says anything is possible in football as he draws inspiration from the Brazilians exploits in the CAF Champions League which they won last year.
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"I told Khama that with Sundowns, we too were never given a chance in our group, but we did it," Mosimane said to Sowetan of Billiat.
"Zimbabwe can progress even as they are grouped with tough teams like Algeria, Tunisia and Senegal.
“These teams can easily cancel out each other. You just have to avoid being whipping boys."
Speaking about his keeper who just bagged the 2016 CAF African Player of the Year Award, 'Jingles' adds Onyango will be under pressure.
"Onyango will be under the most pressure because of the big award he's just won," Mosimane adds.
“I told him he needs a bit of a rest, and I think when he's fresh, he'll be on top form.”
Zimbabwe open their AFCON campaign against the Desert Warriors of Algeria on Sunday whilst Uganda are up against the Black Stars of Ghana next week Tuesday.