Saturday Sep 14, 2019. 11:00
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has warned his players to respect Seychelles opponents Cote d’Or when they clash in the first leg of their CAF Champions League tie on Saturday.
The 2016 winners will be overwhelming favourites, but Mosimane says football has a way of humbling you if you do not treat every game with the respect it deserves.
“We expect a difficult game,” Mosimane said. “On paper we are favourites, but on the pitch it is a different thing.
“We always give respect to the game and who wants it more, and in situations like this it is only us who can suffer because we think on paper we are better.
“But when it comes to the match, football doesn’t care. The match is about playing for the badge and the name.”
Mosimane is speaking from experience after Sundowns were held to a 1-1 draw away at Seychelles side St Michael in 2015, though they rallied to win the home leg 3-0.
That is the only time they have met Seychelles opposition before, but there is some precedent for shock losses against Indian Ocean sides.
Sundowns lost 2-1 on aggregate to Stade Tamponnaise from Reunion in the 1996 CAF Cup, one of the biggest ever upsets in South Africa’s history of African club football.