Monday Dec 30, 2019. 09:00
Mamelodi Sundowns appear well on course to secure qualification for the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League, but coach Pitso Mosimane insists his team cannot relax just yet.
The Brazilians took firm control of Group C with a 1-0 win away to USM Alger in Blida on Saturday evening, courtesy of a goal from captain Hlompho Kekana.
‘Downs top the log with seven points from a possible nine, while Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca (who thrashed Petro de Luanda 4-1 on the same night) are two points behind them – there is a three-point gap between the leading duo and USMA and Petro in third and fourth spots respectively.
“I don’t think we are already in the quarterfinals it’s too early,” Mosimane told reporters after the match against Alger, as quoted by Goal.
“No team has gone into the quarterfinals with seven points we still have nine points to play for [from the remaining three matches], but we will fight for them so of course, we are happy that we won the match.”
Two of Sundowns’ last three group matches will be at home, starting with the return against USMA in Tshwane on January 10-11. They will then travel to Angola to face Petro, before a final game at home to Wydad.
Mosimane added: “You have to win it’s not easy, you see Zamalek they drew tonight. Etoile du Sahel I think they lost its football.
“A football match is very difficult but I can promise we will play better at home than this and we are much stronger at home.”
Before Sundowns continue their continental campaign, they will return to domestic duties in South Africa’s Absa Premiership with a clash away to AmaZulu this coming Saturday, 4 January.