Pitso Mosimane is in a buoyant mood ahead of Sunday’s Confederation of African Football (Caf) Champions League quarter-final first leg clash against Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco. The match is set to take place at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
“Our journey to reaching this stage of the competition hasn’t been easy. We have become the team to beat this time around, purely based on the fact that we are the defending champions,” Mosimane told CAF Online.
“Unlike last season, we didn’t have the champions’ title next to our name, but now clubs have studied our strengths and are now are planning better against us. That is what comes with being a champion,” added the former Bafana Bafana coach.
Mosimane is aware of the danger posed by the North Africans who were semi-finalists last year, but adds that the Brazilians do not fear Wydad.
“I don’t want to underestimate them (Wydad) but at the same time I don’t fear them.
“We are playing a team that has a wealth of Caf Champions League experience and can hurt us if we not careful so we need to be highly alert throughout the match. A win here at home is non-negotiable,” commented Mosimane.
Mamelodi Sundowns have offered to open the gates free of charge to fans who come to the stadium in Sundowns replicas, and half-price for others.