Cape Town - Mamelodi
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes that the Absa
Premiership is the best league on the African continent due to recent
improvements across the board.
Mosimane takes the view that world class facilities and television coverage of the games makes the Absa Premiership an excellent product.
In addition, improving levels of professionalism and fitness coupled
with success in club competitions in Africa is also playing a role.
He said, "There's been a big‚ big improvement. And you can ask Percy
Tau and my players. We play Champions League‚ against the champions who
represent their countries. And the Absa Premiership is unbelievable.
"It's improved to the extent that I think we are number one in
Africa. Probably financially too. Coverage‚ media‚ TV. I mean we can
hardly find TV footage on opponents we play in Africa –- even from Egypt.
You find footage that's blurry.
"So we have the best league. And what makes us say we have the best
league? It's SuperSport United going to the final of the Confederation
Cup (last year). Before that Orlando Pirates to the final of the
Champions League (2013) and the Confederation Cup (2015).
"We won Champions League in the final (2016). And we had no reason to
have lost (in the quarter-finals last year) to Wydad Casablanca (the
2017 winners). Percy was complaining about the Ugandan linesman who said
he was offside all those times one-on-one with the 'keeper. There were
"As a technician‚ I look at world football and African football.
Sundowns find it difficult to unlock teams here (in the Absa Premiership). We can
unlock Al Ahly‚ Zamalek‚ Esperance. So why should you not believe that
the Absa Premiership is in the right position? And sometimes we are not talking about
our league. We don't brag about it.
"I complain about referees - you know that. But go to Africa - it's
worse. The coaches are doing very well. Before the fitness levels
weren't so good. Sundowns had an edge three years back‚ even on big
"We know because we check the stats‚ doing comparisons of players and
saying‚ ‘Look at the winger of this big team’. How may sprints‚ how
"Now teams can match us physically and for preparations and
organisation. So what is left is for us to outsmart them with tactical
cleverness. But still it has become so difficult. Everybody trains the
same way. Everybody's got analysts - okay‚ I've got four.
"If there's any other league in Africa you say is better‚ tell me the name and we can talk about it."