Downs are underdogs against Stars – Mosimane

2013-04-10 16:36

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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says his side are the underdogs going into their Nedbank Cup quarterfinal against Platinum Stars on Sunday.

But speaking at the prematch press conference today, Mosimane emphasised that it was important for his ailing Brazilians to nevertheless go through, to enhance their chances of earning a ticket to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) competition next season.

“I believe we are the underdogs, because we are playing a side that is on form, free-scoring and I’m not surprised they are second on the (Absa Premiership) log,” said Mosimane ahead of the meeting against the high-riding Stars at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

By contrast, Sundowns have experienced a mixed bag of fortunes in the Premiership as they are chasing the pack outside the top-eight bracket.

“Competitively, we’re not in a favourable condition,” Mosimane conceded, adding they were still “emotionally challenged”.

“The Nedbank Cup means a lot to us we as want to go to Africa (CAF Confederations Cup) next season. We’re not going to be distracted by the league without undermining our chances of making the top eight. We have a team that create chances and that’s a sign of a team that has direction.”

Meanwhile, Stars coach Cavin Johnson said his side’s success has been a positive thing for the club.

“If we win on Sunday we’re going to take the trophy,” warned Johnson.

“We are just happy to be where we are. If we end up in the top three and win the trophy (Nedbank), it will be a good season for us.”

Meanwhile, National First Division sides United FC and African Warriors will meet in another quarterfinal on Sunday. On Saturday, Maritzburg United take on SuperSport United and Kaizer Chiefs are up against Bloemfontein Celtic.

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