Absa Premiership

Pitso: PSL support needed for CAF

Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane wants to see the Premier Soccer League get more involved by aiding their clubs in Africa.

The Brazilians will be representing South Africa in the CAF Champions League this year and face Zimbabwean champions Chicken Inn over two legs in the preliminary round.

However, Mosimane has a packed fixture list to contend with as Sundowns will have to play nine matches in the space of just 32 days.

The former South Africa head coach believes it is a common problem for top-flight clubs in the country, citing Orlando Pirates as an example, and has urged the PSL to be more mindful of CAF competitions when drawing up the fixture schedule.

"For us, [Bidvest] Wits, [Kaizer] Chiefs and Ajax [Cape Town], we should have been overloaded a little bit in January because what is going to happen now will be the same story that Pirates had," Mosimane told KickOff.

"Even now they still had to deal with two to three games that were in hand because of their Confederation Cup [run], and even the year when they went to the Champions League they always finish fifth or sixth as it becomes a problem.

"I don't want to talk too much, but we tried with the league to push at least two games to be played in January, but it was rejected.

"We also tried to put the Chippa game to the Wednesday instead of Tuesday after we come back from Maritzburg so that it gives us space, but Chippa said no, they also can't do it, and the league said the same.

"I don't want to talk about the programme but you will see it yourselves and speak to the league. For us to take the Champions League seriously, we say South African teams should also have to be supported.

"Pirates have been there so we need to ask them about what and how it happened. The time will come that I will take the phone and speak to Eric [Tinkler] about that and the office will also ask about the travelling."

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