Mamelodi Sundowns outstanding run in the Caf Champions League will benefit Bafana Bafana in their 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.
This is in terms of the player’s experience gained in the competition.
Now Brazilians coach Pitso Mosimane has come out and told South Africa coach Shakes Mashaba that he should select his players.
“We need to take the Champions League seriously because it provides the national team with opportunities in terms of players,” Mosimane told the Sowetan.
“Sugar (Tiyanni Mabunda) can play in Cairo and he matches that level. So now Shakes knows that Mabunda is there. Yes, you have (Dean) Furman, Andile (Jali), you have Keke (Hlompho Kekana) and you have Bongani Zungu, but talent is there (in Mabunda),” Mosimane said.
Mosimane was also the Bafana coach for a short time after the 2010 Fifa World Cup, but was sacked after drawing against Ethiopia placed SA’s qualification in danger for Brazil. Bafana eventually didn’t qualify and it was that result that cost them.
“(Tebogo) Langerman went to Gambia. I am not saying he is the best, but it tells us we are safe. It’s not only (Thabo) Matlaba, there’s Langerman as well.
“If you have a problem at centre-back, Thabo (Nthethe) is there. He played against ES Setif, no problem. He played against Enyimba, no problem. He played against Zamalek, no problem
“Those are big teams… We have enough, just come here (to Sundowns),” Mosimane stated.