22 Nov FIFA 2016 Club World Cup – Mosimane hoping for ‘David-Goliath story’ against Real Madrid
With less than a month to go, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is excited ahead of the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, which will be broadcast live and exclusively on StarSat from December 8 to 18. “It’s like you are going to a new class as a student and you are excited to see what’s going to happen in that class, what are you going to learn?” said the coach. “So it’s in that space for us and we’ve got nothing to lose but experience to gain and we have to enjoy ourselves. No pressure but we have to give our best.” The coach fondly known as “Jingles” will be the first South African coach to guide a club to the World Cup.
“It’s not about me,” he says. “It’s about the team first, Sundowns, but I’m humbled and I appreciate (the honour).” Mosimane has been around the sport long enough to know that there is a big task ahead of them. “I know the level,” he says. “I told my players and the management to know that we have to pitch (up) at the right level. The game must also be at the right level.” Sundowns will face the winner of the match between the Japan league champions and Auckland City, from New Zealand, in their first game on December 11. The Japanese valtrex online league is yet to be decided.
“I see Auckland City in New Zealand have been playing and they’ve been winning games,” says Mosimane. “I know Australian football and I know New Zealand football is like you are playing American football. It’s direct. It’s straightforward, they don’t have tricks. They just know how to finish. They have the right technique, they have the right attitude. You know that space of Australia and New Zealand. You know how they are with sports science and physics.” Jingles also spoke about a possible challenge from the Japanese champions. “You know the Asians, if you play the Japanese you know the mental strength of the Asian people,” says the championship winning coach.
“The Asian people they work hard and they don’t give up. Their technique is very good in Japan.” Mosimane also spoke about the other clubs in the tournament. “You know Atletico Nacional from Colombia,” he says. “You just look at (Leonardo) Castro. That’s the South Americans and you know the level. You know what to expect. You never know maybe you have a David-Goliath story and have fun against Real Madrid. Why not?” Catch Bafana Ba Style attempt to become world champions at the FIFA Club World Cup live and exclusive on StarSat from December 8 to 18.