JOHANNESBURG – In a space of a week and a half, Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates will compete in three competitions - the Absa Premiership, MTN8 and CAF Champions League - with the desire to win all three.
They probably won’t succeed in their ambitious quest but that desire to do so is what puts them ahead of their domestic competitors whose ambitions are confined to the South African borders.
Sundowns and Pirates’ ambitions to conquer the continent for a second time is reflected in the squads they have at their disposal and the investments they have made in their technical team.
Sundowns boasts the only South African to have been named CAF’s Coach of the Year, Pitso Mosimane, with an astute Manqoba Mngqithi assisting. They have also invested heavily in having three analysts along with a fitness trainer, Kabelo Rangoaga, Mosimane claims is the best in the country.
The result of that investment is that Sundowns can play over 50 matches in a season without their players burning out.