Ola Brazilians! As we get this Woza Wednesday underway, I first have one tough topic to tackle before we have some fun, and that is how we will cope in Africa.
Our boys are expected to confirm their participation in the 2015 CAF Champions League next month, and there are one or two areas of concern.
The first and most notable factor is the fact that we have no Bafana Bafana internationals in our squad.
Now I know this helps in terms of fatigue in a way, but the experience the South African players are gaining when playing against some of Africa’s powerhouses is an area that we lack.
Currently only Themba Zwane has been called up to Shakes Mashaba’s national team squad, but he only really had a run out in the first match against Sudan.
Therefore, even when he is traveling with the team, he is still not gaining match experience against the more physical players like Congo and Nigeria.
Also, our history in Africa isn’t the greatest. Yes we made the final against Al Ahly in 2001, we really needed more experience and to come up against the big guns in tough terrains will be no easy task.
This is where the likes of Kennedy Mweene’s experience and know-how will come handy for us, and we hope that his leadership will shine through. At least his claws are sharpened in this regard.
Our coach, Pitso Mosimane, has always maintained that no task is impossible for Sundowns, but we also have to take a look at his experience out in Africa.
When on the bench with Bafana Bafana in Africa, Jingles saw his team play six games and he staggeringly only won one game, drew three and lost two to leave him with a low winning percentage of 17%.
Still, we have to be confident in our boys. They won the Absa Premiership last season and smashed in a record number of points for a season too.
We have a tremendous amount of depth, and while some experience may be lacking in certain areas of the field, let’s stay united.
What do you think about our chances in Africa?