South-Africa

Fearless Pitso not intimidated by tough CL draw

2018-03-22 08:00
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg- Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane says it was a fair draw after Mamelodi Sundowns were paired with defending CAF Champions League champions Wydad.

Defending champions Wydad and 2016 title-holders Sundowns were placed in Group C Wednesday with two debutants, Port of Togo and Horoya of Guinea during the draw in Cairo.

Sundowns were dethroned by Wydad in the quarter-finals last year, losing a penalty shootout in Morocco after both clubs won 1-0 at home.

"It is a fair draw," Mosimane said. "You can't ask for less, you can't ask for more. It is the top 16 and you take whatever comes.

"With regards to Wydad, both us are not sure of each other. We beat them at home (1-0) and they also beat us (1-0), winning on penalties and went on to win the title.

"Both teams want to know who is better. They (Wydad) are the current champions and we have also won it before (2016), it will be interesting to play them.

"Horoya play good football with a great passing technique. They are good team, tactical and have some good individual players. The team we don't know as much of is AS Port (Togo), and we will have to conduct research on them."

CAF Champions League fixtures:

Matchday 1 (May 4-6)

Gp A: Township Rollers (BOT) v Kampala Capital City Authority (UGA), Al Ahly (EGY) v Esperance (TUN)

Gp B: Mouloudia Alger (ALG) v Difaa el Jadida (MAR), TP Mazembe (COD) v Entente Setif (ALG)

Gp C: Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA) v Wydad Casablanca (MAR, holders), Port (TOG) v Horoya (GUI)

Gp D: Primeiro Agosto (ANG) v Etoile Sahel (TUN), Zesco Utd (ZAM) v Mbabane Swallows (SWZ)

Matchday 2 (May 15-16)

Gp A: KCCA v Ahly, Esperance v Rollers

Gp B: Jadida v Mazembe, Setif v Alger

Gp C: Wydad v Port, Horoya v Sundowns

Gp D: Etoile v Zesco, Swallows v Primeiro

Matchday 3 (July 17-18)

Gp A: Esperance v KCCA, Ahly v Rollers

Gp B: Setif v Jadida, Mazembe v Alger

Gp C: Horoya v Wydad, Port v Sundowns

Gp D: Swallows v Etoile, Zesco v Primeiro

Matchday 4 (July 27-29)

Gp A: KCCA v Esperance, Rollers v Ahly

Gp B: Jadida v Setif, Alger v Mazembe

Gp C: Wydad v Horoya, Sundowns v Port

Gp D: Etoile v Swallows, Primeiro v Zesco

Matchday 5 (Aug 17-19)

Gp A: KCCA v Rollers, Esperance v Ahly

Gp B: Jadida v Alger, Setif v Mazembe

Gp C: Wydad v Sundowns, Horoya v Port

Gp D: Etoile v Primeiro, Swallows v Zesco

Matchday 6 (Aug 28-29)

Gp A: Rollers v Esperance, Ahly v KCCA

Gp B: Alger v Setif, Mazembe v Jadida

Gp C: Sundowns v Horoya, Port v Wydad

Gp D: Primeiro v Swallows, Zesco v Etoile

Note: group winners and runners-up qualify for quarter-finals draw on Sept 3

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