Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is sweating on the
fitness of several players ahead of his side's Absa Premiership opener against
Sundowns and Supersport clash in the latest instalment of
the Tshwane derby at Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium on Saturday and it looks
like the Brazilians will have to do so without some of their key players.
Mosimane's men spent their pre-season in Nelspruit, Botswana
and Zambia and played on less than ideal surfaces, but the Masandawana mentor
said this was all part of the plan to prepare themselves for the conditions
they are expecting in the CAF Champions League.
However, the plan has backfired a bit as South American trio
Gaston Sirino, Emiliano Tade and new signing Mauricio Affonso all picked up
injuries, but thankfully for Mosimane, they are not too serious, but it could
still see them all ruled out of the weekend's clash.
"We have Sirino who has a quad. It’s giving him problems. We
have Emiliano Tade who got a knock on the knee when we played against TS
Sporting. We had Mauricio who has an ankle (injury)," said Mosimane.
"He was trying to shoot, but I like to take them to
those places, the pitches are not good. I know why I take them there and that’s
what you get when you take those players to those conditions. But it’s not