Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has
claimed the club would be disappointing their fans if they prioritised the CAF
According to 'Jingles', Sundowns fans want
their team to fight for all trophies on offer, and that is precisely what his
plan is ahead of the Telkom Knockout.
The Brazilians were handed a tricky
first-round draw against Bloemfontein Celtic, who held them to a 0-0 draw in
After they crashed out of the MTN8
semi-finals against Cape Town City on penalties, Mosimane is concerned about
the effect fixture congestion will have on their TKO campaign.
"It's obviously going to be a
difficult game," he told the club's official website of their looming
clash with Steve Komphela's side.
"Cup games are always a little bit of
a problem for us. If you look at the top eight, it clashed with the CAF
Champions League. You saw that we had different line-ups when we played in Cape
Town and home in the semi-final of the MTN8, that had an effect on the result.
"The Telkom Knockout clashes with the
Champions League that's about to start in a few weeks' time. That also has an
effect on us. We are two games behind in the league in terms of our schedule
and there are also international games.
"To play against a team that nearly
won this competition last year, a revived team, will be difficult."
The Tshwane giants will be playing in front
of their home supporters against Phunya Sele Sele at Lucas Moripe Stadium on
the weekend of 19-21 October, and Mosimane is eager to please them despite the
obstacles facing Downs.
"You should understand the mentality
of the game at home, our supporters love trophies. You can't say that we're
prioritising the Champions League," he said.
"That would be a mistake. Our
supporters would kill us if you say that. What's important is to try and make
them happy and keep going."