Pitso Mosimane tells PSL clubs to stop the CAF excuses

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Sundowns have booked a place in the Champions League semi-finals following a 1-0 victory over Zamalek at Lucas Moripe Stadium last night.

The Brazilians have accumulated nine points so far in the group stages this year – a perfect record – and actually also beat ES Setif away before they were expelled, meaning Sundowns have really won four out of four.

Sundowns’ progress in Africa also helps South Africa maintain two spots in the CAF Champions league, which was initially secured by Orlando Pirates a few years ago.

Mosimane has now challenged PSL teams to start taking the opportunity of playing in CAF more seriously.

“We work so hard to make sure South African teams play there and we take it seriously, and some people they don’t care about it,” Mosimane said at the post-match press conference.

“Sometimes, rather have people who really want to participate, like Platinum Stars. They really want it, they are happy to be part of it.

“It’s not only good for us, but it’s good for the country, good for Bafana, it’s beautiful. We need to play in this space.

“It’s good when people really look at it properly because sometimes teams take 11 players with two substitutes,” he added, clearly referring to Kaizer Chiefs in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Certain PSL clubs have in the past cited financial implications of participating in CAF competitions as a huge obstacle, but ‘Jingles’ says it is just an excuse.

“We are well sponsored. We got millions of sponsorship to go there. Zesco guys, we loaned them players from Sundowns, but they keep going. How much is a player at Zesco earning? They are not earning money like us in South Africa. Even ASEC, and they keep going.

“It’s mentality, it’s culture. I don’t know, maybe we should blame apartheid for being outside continental football for such a long time. But the days of apartheid are gone, guys,” Mosimane concluded.