Answering on his opponents for the preliminary rounds of the continental competition, Mosimane gave a full analysis of the Zimbabwean champions – speaking eloquently about each of their players.
“I know a lot of people, when they hear the name Chicken Inn, don’t think much of the team. But Chicken Inn is like Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United … they are owned by a franchise.
“Forget about the name, it won’t be a walk in the park for us,” said Mosimane.
The colourful coach then named and described each player in Chicken Inn’s line-up, and he even knows those who are injured and may not be available for tomorrow’s tie in Bulawayo.
Mosimane said he wants his team to do well in the competition and that he is aware how difficult it is going to be especially with the travelling and logistics.
“It takes a lot of time just travelling from home to Chloorkop is an hour; from Chloorkop to the airport takes an hour. You need two hours for check in and everything at the airport, that’s four hours. You need an hour to disembark from the plane, and another hour to get to the hotel,” said Mosimane as he explained some of the challenges they will face on their quest for African glory.
“That is why we commend Bucs on going all the way like they did. It gets tougher as you move on in the competition,” said Mosimane, who also praised his Chicken Inn counterpart Joey Antipas, saying he is an experienced coach.
Antipas was quoted in a Zimbabwean newspaper saying his team will need to be at their best against a marauding Sundowns team.
“We’re playing a star-studded Sundowns outfit that’s enjoying a good run and we’ve got to get our tactics right,” said Antipas.
If Mosimane manages to get his attacking trio – dubbed “CBD” (Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly) – firing like they have in the past couple of weeks, Sundowns should be able to get a positive result that will make the work lighter for the second leg.
The return leg is set for February 28 at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria.