‘Big Three’ seek African glory, ‘poor boys’ play to escape relegation

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Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane is facing ‘a monster of his own making’ in Mamelodi Sundowns in the Champions League.
Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane is facing ‘a monster of his own making’ in Mamelodi Sundowns in the Champions League.
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South African football moves into a weekend where the “Big Three” of Sundowns, Chiefs and Pirates continue their hunt for African glory, while “poor boys” Maritzburg United and Tshakhuma fight for relegation-saving points in the only DStv Premiership encounter.

The clear highlight of this limited, but important bill is that the country’s most successful black coach, Pitso Mosimane, is facing his former employers Sundowns with a fair amount of pressure to keep his current Egyptian bosses at Al Ahly happy.

Mosimane’s exit from Sundowns last year appears to have made little difference to the Pretoria aristocrats’ power in the Premiership, as they are close to another title triumph with that definitive help from club boss Patrice Motsepe’s big bucks.

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