Absa Premiership

Sundowns target FIFA Club World Cup

2018-05-02 10:27
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says he wants the club to take part once again in the FIFA Club World Cup although he thinks the chances of winning the competition are slim. 

Sundowns played in the 2016 installment of the tournament which features the winners the of AFC Champions League (Asia), CAF Champions League (Africa), CONCACAF Champions League (North America), Copa Libertadores (South America), OFC Champions League (Oceania) and UEFA Champions League (Europe), along with the domestic champions of the host nation. 

The Brazilians earned the right to compete having won the Champions League in '16 following a 3-1 aggregate victory over Zamalek in the final. However, their CWC campaign didn't go as well with two defeats to Japanese and South Korean opposition. 

Nonetheless, Mosimane takes the view that playing in the event is beneficial, although taking the trophy would be a challenge. He told the Sowetan: "Ja‚ but the Club World Cup‚ can you win it? It’s very difficult‚ hey. 

"I don’t think an African team can win the Club World Cup within the next four or five years. It’s not possible. But just to be there is very good. So we’re trying to strengthen the team‚ just to be there. 

"And I always say that if I could I would put you guys [the media] on the flight‚ and then we all go and just experience media at another level at the CWC. 

"Just to give different write-ups and everything that’s happening on the other side‚ rather than the normal thing that you do. And people must enjoy and see how it’s done there." 

The Chloorkop-based outfit are in Group C of this year's CCL alongside Morocco's Wydad‚ Togo's AS Togo-Port and Guinea's Horoya.

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