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Pitso sweating on South American trio

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is sweating on the fitness of several players ahead of his side's Absa Premiership opener against Supersport United.

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Sundowns and Supersport clash in the latest instalment of the Tshwane derby at Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium on Saturday and it looks like the Brazilians will have to do so without some of their key players.

Mosimane's men spent their pre-season in Nelspruit, Botswana and Zambia and played on less than ideal surfaces, but the Masandawana mentor said this was all part of the plan to prepare themselves for the conditions they are expecting in the CAF Champions League.

However, the plan has backfired a bit as South American trio Gaston Sirino, Emiliano Tade and new signing Mauricio Affonso all picked up injuries, but thankfully for Mosimane, they are not too serious, but it could still see them all ruled out of the weekend's clash.

“We have Sirino who has a quad. It’s giving him problems. We have Emiliano Tade who got a knock on the knee when we played against TS Sporting. We had Mauricio who has a ankle," said Mosimane.

"He was trying to shoot, but I like to take them to those places, the pitches are not good. I know why I take them there and that’s what you get when you take those players to those conditions. But it’s not serious injuries.

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