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Sundowns players receive death threats ahead of Caf Champions League final - Mosimane

By Marc Strydom | Oct 19, 2016 | COMMENTS [ 20 ]

The intimidation by Zamalek’s fans of Mamelodi Sundowns for Sunday’s second leg of the Caf Champions League final has already started, with players even receiving death threats on social media, Downs coach Pitso Mosimane said.

Mosimane was speaking after Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula had given Downs a rousing send-off after their final training session at their Chloorkop base yesterday before flying out on Wednesday night for Alexandria, Egypt.

Downs’ coach said the Brazilians’ confidence is high of their chances of protecting their 3-0 lead gained in an excellent first leg performance on Saturday at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Mosimane said his squad have revelled in having a rare full week’s training ahead of the second leg at Borg El Arab Stadium.

“This is a good week for us. This is a brilliant week. Five days [to prepare] before the match,” the coach enthused.

“We don’t have that – we have three days all the time. We even gave the players off on Monday to get the body back, because we’re not used to this.

“We trained normally. Today [Wednesday] was the last day of my tactical sessions – it’s done.

“[Analysing] Zamalek is done – yesterday and today. We’ve packaged all Zamalek’s home games – against Wydad Casablanca [in the semifinals], against us, to see their mentality, characteristics and the behaviour of their play at home.

“And then we’ll have one session in Alexandria on Friday, just to try and sharpen saw.

“We’ve checked the referees – to see how they deal with pressure. I’m not talking about cheating. We realise that some of the fouls the referees will deal with differently in Egypt.

“At Lucas Moripe the 12th player [crowd] played a very big part. And in Egypt it will play a very big part.

“There have been messages sent via social media, to all the players - whoever has got an Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter account, all of them. They have received death threats.

“But you know those things are OK. It’s mind games. The match is XI against XI on the pitch.

“The players have laughed about it. I said, ‘OK that's good. Because if they don’t talk about it maybe it could affect them’.

“But they understand that there will be lasers in Egypt. I told them, ‘We’ve been there with Bafana – there were lasers, [and] nothing happened. So let’s go and play.”

Mosimane coached Bafana Bafana to a 0-0 draw against Egypt in Cairo in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in 2011.

Sundowns will not know for sure what kind of reception they will receive at the 86 000-seater, modern Borg El Arab Stadium on Sunday night (kickoff: 8.30 pm SA time).

The attendance has been officially limited to 20 000 due to the tense political situation in Egypt. However, with Zamalek in a desperate position, the country’s authorities might relent and allow in a bigger crowd.

Fans of Egyptian giants Zamalek and Al Ahly are among the most passionate in world football, capable of creating a hostile atmosphere complete with the North African trend of utilising lasers to try to distract opposition players. - TMG Digital


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Go boys and show them what Mzansi is made of. Gee vir hulle gas. We behind you 100%. The threats will only build character. HABASHWE!!! ONCE AND ALWAYS!!!

Oct 19, 2016 2:53 | 0 replies


No excuses please..LIDODA DUVHA FAN

Oct 19, 2016 2:55 | 1 replies


ngwana wa moloi.

Oct 19, 2016 2:57 | 1 replies
Oct 19, 2016 2:58 | 0 replies


think we can understand when they loose.

Oct 19, 2016 2:58 | 0 replies


There is no such, they are attention seekers nobody is intimidating or threatening them.

Oct 19, 2016 3:33 | 0 replies


We Buccaneers we used to that,just go there beat their asses,the star is yours.

Oct 19, 2016 3:36 | 1 replies


now thats where Oros can send the army along with sundowns...phela is serious

Oct 19, 2016 3:44 | 0 replies


I remember once when my dad gave me money to pay the electricity bill but instead i bought a raffle ticket for a brand new car. When i got home,i explained to my dad what i did and he beat the crap out of me. But the next day,when my dad woke up and opened the door,outside my house was a brand new car. We all cried especially me,because the car was from the electricity company,they were there to cut off the electricity, my dad beat the crap out of me again

Oct 19, 2016 3:45 | 1 replies


LOL. Lesson learned I guess. Listen to the parents. LOL

Oct 19, 2016 4:2 | 0 replies


Pitso, stop being a p*ssy, man.

Oct 19, 2016 4:3 | 1 replies


Hey, stop it Shredder. P*ssy can be pumped so hard, so many rounds, and it still there wanting some...don't undermine it. When those balletjies are klapped just a little with agter klap nogal, the pain that goes with it is quite respect p*ssy bozz!

Oct 19, 2016 4:44 | 0 replies


No Lasers and death threats formed against Sundowns shall Prosper, go there and continue where you left off. we are behind you ..... southern africa is behind you so bring the Star to us.

Oct 19, 2016 4:22 | 1 replies


Whatever that live in this earth will one day come to an end....what I mean is that allow me to congratulate Sundowns before hand to put to an end to the anthem of "Orlando Double Dry Season Pirates" on that they are the only team in South Africa to have won the old rusty star of the 90"s but we welcome the new BRIGHT STAR TO SILENCE THE CRITICS.....NOT A SUNDOWNS FAN BUT WE ARE TOGETHER AND UNITED IN THIS ONE.

Oct 19, 2016 4:31 | 1 replies


you sound like a Zebra supporter. let me enlighten you, it is going to be worse for the Zebras. you are going to be the only so called big team without the STAR and without any prospect to win it. you should be worries about that.

Oct 20, 2016 9:42 | 0 replies


Kwaaaah @sending army to protect sundowns LOL.Hands off our Boyz boh.#protectOurBoyz

Oct 19, 2016 4:34 | 0 replies


100% behind you boyz go make south Africa proud and qualify to represent our nation in the club world cup games.

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