Coach Pitso Mosimane has had to create a balance between celebrations and hard work ahead of this weekend’s clash with USM Algers. Downs spent Christmas away from home, but Mosimane is adamant that this has not affected the teams’ preparations:
“We always have challenges, which is normal. We have to focus on the game, we have to deliver, there is no time for excuses, but this is the Champions League. People often just look at the match, but there is more, there is also what goes on around the match.”
“We had to balance the work and leisure, I had to ensure that my players don’t miss the theme of Christmas. We set up a program that was a win-win for all of us.”
“We trained on Christmas day, but we also had a braai after training. We had singing, red hats, to celebrate, we had fun.”
Downs face USM in their last game of the year and Mosimane has said he knows what to expect from the Algerian team:
“They have a very good attack, we expect what we always get in North Africa, but we should be ready.”
“What’s important is that we play the way we always play, and if we do that then we can come out with a good result.”
Downs sit top of Group C after beating Petro Atletico of Angola in their opening group game and earning a valuable away point in Morocco against Wydad Casablanca earlier this month.
USM have drawn their opening two Group C matches against Wydad and Petro‚ and sit in second place, two points behind Downs.
Downs face USM Algers on Saturday 28 December. Kick-off is at 18:00