Did sly Pitso cast a spell on Sundowns’ Champions League chances?
After losing to Downs twice in the group stages, Al Ahly’s Mosimane warned that those results could be ‘deceptive’
Jose Mourinho, at the peak of his powers, had the ability to almost manifest reality by putting what his opponents did not want to happen into their minds, so that they inevitably would end up doing it.
There have been comparisons between Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane and Mourinho, though the off-field expertise in football’s dark arts and mind games is probably the closest similarity. Mosimane’s belief in freer football — though he certainly knows how to have his teams grind out a result when they need to — separates the South African from the Special One.
Mamelodi Sundowns and their trio of coaches — Manqoba Mngqithi, Rulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela — might be wondering if Mosimane cast a spell on his old team in the 2021-22 Caf Champions League...