Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns
Wednesday Nov 07, 2018. 12:00
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane has revealed why he thinks North African clubs have dominated CAF club competitions over the years.
North African rivals Al Ahly and Esperance de Tunis lock horns in the second-leg of the 2018 Caf Champions League final in Rades on Friday, with the Egyptian giants having registered a 3-1 win over their Tunisian counterparts in Cairo last weekend.
Clubs from the North African region have generally dominated the competition over the years with Al Ahly holding the record of eight CafCL titles.
“They are dominating, let’s be honest, if you look at the number of times teams from North Africa have won it [the Champions League]," Mosimane is quoted as saying by KickOff.com.
"But you must also understand that North African teams are old teams in terms of generations. You find teams from the 1800s. They’ve long been part of this thing,” Mosimane said.
“Look at how many times Al Ahly have won it and check the number of years they have been around. Yes, West Africa was in that space, but it has been dominated by North Africa. I think it’s time it shifted to the south hey. We need to double our efforts.”
The 2016 CafCL winner also commented on the intimidation factor having previously faced hostile conditions in the Brazilians travels of the continent over the past few seasons.
“The big thing about North Africans is all about the intimidation," Mosimane continued. "It’s about how the officials handle the stress and the pressure. People invade the pitch.
"When we were playing Setif I remember at one stage one of my players was running down the line from the right side and the bottles were dropping from the top. I mean how do you keep playing?
“It’s a different environment that CAF and FIFA really, in my opinion, have to look at because we can’t have North Africa dominating not only because of the play. This is not supposed to happen at the highest level.”