Sundowns have discredited the belief that North African teams are better says Pitso Mosimane


Mosimane was speaking upon the team’s return from their successful trip to Cairo, where they defeated Egyptian giants Zamalek in their CAF Champions League Group B encounter.

The result leaves The Brazilians in a commanding position in the group as they sit on six points from two games, following the disqualification of Algerian side ES Setif, whom they also beat 2-0 away from home on June 18.

‘Jingles’ says it was his long-standing ambition to break the North Africa dominance and is proud to have done it with both the South African senior men’s national team as well with the reigning Absa Premiership champions.

“Me, as a coach, I’m leading the team and I’ve always, when I was at SuperSport United, wanted to break the North African, I think, myth,” says Mosimane. “I always wanted to break that but I didn’t have a strong team then.

“When we went to Esperance and we lost 2-0 [on 26 September 2004] we didn’t have the right team and, when you see the Esperance jerseys, my boys were just looking at European players instead of African players.

“And with Bafana, there was also a myth of Egypt – the mighty Egypt. We played the mighty Egypt with Bafana, we beat them 1-0 [on 26 March 2011] and we broke that thing because everybody said, ‘but we haven’t beaten Egypt in a competitive match.’

“I remember when ‘Killer’ [Katlego Mphela] provided the country with an opportunity to kill the myth and ‘Killer’ came to the party, and we went to the Military Stadium and never lost. I remember Andile Jali was top – man of the match in my opinion.”

Mosimane adds that Bafana are also on the verge of breaking their West African hoodoo with the likes of Nigeria, Cameroon and Senegal.

“I believe Bafana will break the myth of West Africa – Nigeria, Cameroon – we will break the ice on that, it’s just a question of time. We see when Bafana plays against Senegal, even away against Cameroon. We are not bad; we are there. We are just losing it somewhere there,” he adds.

“Sundowns has provided the opportunity [after beating Zamalek], and Bafana provided the opportunity against the Egypt national team. We provided the opportunity at club level; Pirates has provided the opportunity. I don’t think we should talk about North Africa anymore. This story must end here.”

Downs next welcome Zamalek to the Lucas Moripe Stadium in the return leg of their group encounter next week Wednesday evening. Kick-off is scheduled for 19h30.