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Phakaaathi Reporter
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19 Sep 2017
4:33 pm

Sundowns flying SA’s flag high, says Pitso Mosimane

Phakaaathi Reporter

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says his side competing in the Caf Champions league is a matter of national importance.

Pitso Mosimane coach of Mamelodi Sundowns (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Mosimane believes Sundowns, with their recent exploits on the continent, are as important as South African national teams.

Bafana Bafana and the Springboks have disappointed South Africa, but Mosimane says Sundowns is flying the national flag.

“This [game against Wydad] is a national agenda, huh?” Mosimane told The Sunday Times.

“That is what I told the players. I said to them, this is a national agenda. This is not a PSL against Free State Stars match.

“You must be joking. You have to be patriotic. You have to show the country that we might not do it with Bafana‚ but we have got no reason at Sundowns not to carry the national flag.

“And we have done that. If we do not win the Africa Cup of Nations with Bafana‚ this [the Champions League] is our Nations Cup, and we must win the Champions League.

“If we do not go to the 2018 Soccer World Cup [in Russia]‚ we will go to the [Fifa Club] World Cup.

“We believe in going to the Fifa Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi this year.

“That is our World Cup.

“So I told them ‘you have got no excuse. There is no excuse. You train together, and you are all in the same team‚ you are one team.”