Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says his time as
Bafana Bafana coach has proved to be perfect preparation for his success at
club level in Africa.
Mosimane guided Sundowns to the prestigious CAF Champions
League trophy last year, and his side are currently well-placed in the
quarter-finals of the same competition in 2017, having beaten Wydad Casablanca
1-0 at home in the first leg.
Mosimane is, however, wary of the second leg, which takes
place in Morocco on Saturday night, although he feels that his time as a Bafana
Bafana assistant and head coach has stood him in good stead for the challenges
of the continent.
"I was with the South African Football Association for
five years (coaching Bafana Bafana) and I learnt a lot about international
football‚ and that helps us here (at Sundowns) now‚" he told the Sowetan.
"And that is why I left SuperSport United to join
Bafana because I needed to understand international football."
Mosimane spoke in particular of the challenges teams face in
"You go to Setif (Algerian side ES Setif) and they
intimidate you. They burn things and they come inside the pitch. It is
"Zamalek - you saw the bottles they threw at us in
Egypt. Their technical team was attacking us.
"You must frustrate them. You must understand the North
Africans. I know it very well and that is one part of the continent I wanted to
know and understand very well.
"It is the culture‚ it is the mentality‚ it is the
belief - it is North Africans. They blow their fuse and they've got a short
"But my boys know this thing. We went to Setif‚ we went
to Zamalek‚ we've been to Esperance (Tunisia) and now we are going to these
ones (Wydad) in the quarterfinal second leg on Saturday."