EXCLUSIVE | Mamelodi Sundowns coach eager to avenge last year’s loss to Wydad
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is eager to avenge last year’s defeat to Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League after the two sides were drawn together for the group stage of this year’s competition.
Last year, the Moroccan side qualified to the semi-final of Africa’s top-tier competition after beating Mamelodi Sundowns on penalties. Wydad then went on to win the title after beating record eight-time African champions Al Ahly in the final.
The South African coach believes his side were given a chance to avenge last year’s defeat after they were drawn in Group C alongside Wydad as well as AS Port of Togo, Horoya of Guinea.
“Horoya [are] a very good. Strong team and eliminated a strong team. [We’ve] few info about [the] team from Togo,” the 53-year-old coach told KingFut.
The Guinean side advanced to the group stage after beating Senegalese Génération Foot 4-1 on aggregate. They earned a 2-1 victory at home before beating the Senegalese side 2-0 away from home.
Meanwhile, AS Port are the first Togolese team to reach the group stage. They had to overcome Sudanese side Al Hilal, winning 2-0 in Togo before losing 3-1 away from home to qualify on the away goals rule.
“Wydad very strong. [It] doesn’t matter if they lost players, they’re the reigning champs. About time to avenge last season’s loss from [them],” he added.
When asked if he’d have preferred to be drawn with Al Ahly instead of Wydad, the South African coach insisted it would have made no difference. “Most important [thing] is to qualify from the group. Ahly or anyone, [it] doesn’t matter,” he added.
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