Mamelodi Sundowns seem to be torn between making it easier for their fans to get to their match day venue and using a stadium the coach feels is intimidating to opposition teams, which partly explains the back and forth from Atteridgeville and Loftus.
On Saturday night, the Brazilians dismantled Angolan side Petro de Luanda 3-0 at Loftus Versfeld on a pitch that was in immaculate condition.
Most of their fixtures towards the end of 2019 were moved there, but Downs will return to Atteridgeville’s Lucas Moripe Stadium again early next year.
Loftus is also home to rugby outfit, Blue Bulls.
“For our supporters it is better here at Loftus. We are a team from Mamelodi, Atteridgeville, Hamanskraal – just one taxi to come here. You go to Atteridgeville you must take two. You have to understand your football customer, it is not your rugby customer,” the coach said.
“Also, I think this stadium (Loftus) is much more hospitable. I don’t know about the media, but for us the noise is closer to the dugouts.”
However, Mosimane feels Downs enjoy a certain fear factor at another one of their venues.
“But Atteridgeville is the slaughter house, if you have to tell the truth, especially for the Champions League. People don’t come out of there,” he explained.
“I would love to see the pitch looking like this every time, but I know when the big trucks come, this pitch will be gone. This is best you can see and just cherish it – take a picture now. When the Blue Bulls come, it’s another story.”