Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosmane Credit: Mamelodi Sundowns
  • Date: Saturday, March 18
  • Event: KCCA F.C vs. Mamelodi Sundowns (Agg: 1-2)
  • Venue: Phillip Omondi Stadium
[/media-credit] KCCA’s Geoffrey Sserunkuma and Muzamiru Mutyaba (blue shirt) during the first leg in South Africa Credit: KCCA FC

Mamelodi Sundowns could sit back and try to retain possession when they take on KCCA F.C in the return leg of the CAF Champions League first round.

Coach Pitso Mosimane hinted at the tactic prior to the team’s departure for Uganda ahead the Saturday fixture.

“In Kampala we don’t need a goal. We need a goal only if they score, (but) if they don’t score then we don’t need a goal,” said Mosimane as quoted by KickOff.

The Brazilians carry a slim advantage into the return leg following a narrow 2-1 win at Lucas Moripe Stadium last Friday.

Playing in three different competitions – the Absa Premiership, Nedbank Cup and the Champions League – games are coming thick and fast for Masandawana and Mosimane is wary of the dangers therein.

“You must understand, we are playing three tournaments in seven days – we’re playing the league, it has own tempo; we’re playing the Nedbank cup, it too has its own tempo; we’re playing champions league, and in that one you need to be very clever,” he said.

“You need to be wise, you need experience, but I think we have experience in that (regard). We’re playing three different cups in (a space of) seven days, it’s not easy.”

Sundowns were held to a goalless draw by Polokwane City in a catch-up league fixture last night that sent Sibusiso Vilakazi to the sickbay with a knee injury.

“We’ve lost ‘Vila’ now, it’s another thing. We are running short of numbers in the Champions League. We’ve lost Keagan (Dolly); we’ve lost ‘Vila’; Khama (Billiat) is not there; Denis (Onyango) is not there.

“Remember we registered 25 (players), so I am counting about five now who are not there. The numbers are getting thinner – it reminds me when played Zamalek in the semi-finals, we had 15 players, but we have to do it.

“We need to play clever and box smart because that one [away from home] is about the possession you have. It’s not about chances you create, that one is [about] not letting a goal against you, that’s what you need there (in Uganda).”

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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