Cape Town - Pitso Mosimane has urged his Mamelodi Sundowns squad to remain focused for the rest of the season despite wrapping up their record seventh Premiership title.
The Brazilians featured in the CAF Confederation Cup on Saturday afternoon against Ghanaian outfit Medeama SC.
The Chloorkop side conceded within the first minute of play and looked below-par for most of the fixture however they managed to come away with a 3-1 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium to take into the second-leg in Tarkwa on May 18.
Goals from Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat and second-half substitute Cuthbert Malajila handed Sundowns a two-goal advantage in the must-win tie as the winners will qualify for the group stage of the competition and despite their win Mosimane feels they need to forget about their league honours and not have a repeat of their sluggish performance again.
"This is African football. It's very funny and you can't explain it. Sometimes you play very well and you miss. We didn't play well and we scored," he said after the game.
"If we focus and concentrate in the second leg we should be able to defend this lead."
"They are still celebrating having just won the league. The timing was not very good. You can see they want to go on holiday in June. But they have to play. They must reach the group stages.
"[And] when we reach the group stages and they see [big guns] Esperance, TP Mazembe and Etoile du Sahel, they'll be motivated."
When asked whether he has any worries about the potential fixture congestion qualifying for the group stages of the competition might have on his squad the former Bafana Bafana coach seemed rather relaxed in his response.
"We can't do anything about that," Mosimane said. "We've won the league seven times, the Nedbank Cup and the Telkom Knockout. Let's get something different."