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Pitso: It's about bragging rights

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says it was important that his team beat Lobi Stars to reclaim the country’s bragging rights against Nigerians.

Sundowns hammered Lobi 3-0 in their CAF Champions League Group A match at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday, booking themselves a spot in the quarterfinals with a game to spare.

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Sundowns got back at Lobi for the 2-1 defeat they suffered in Enugu during match day one of the group campaign in January.

Mosimane left Lobi coach Solomon Ogbeide stunned in front of the media during the post match press conference when he spoke of why it was important for Sundowns to punish the Nigerians.

“It’s important that teams when they come from outside, from North Africa, should know when you come here [to Lucas Moripe Stadium] you can lose. Teams from West Africa, ASEC [Mimosas], Lobi Stars when they come to South Africa you can lose and you can lose with big margins,” Mosimane said after the game.

“We scored three goals against ASEC, we scored three goals against Lobi Stars and two against Wydad [Casablanca],” said Mosimane.

“It’s also a national agenda. Remember it’s a flag, you know the story of South Africa and Nigeria who is bigger and better and some of the things need to be sorted out.

“It’s also a national agenda. Remember it’s a flag, you know the story of South Africa and Nigeria who is bigger and better and some of the things need to be sorted out.

“If Bafana Bafana doesn’t sort it out, we hammer three here and we make them chase shadows. So the national agenda is important. We beat the champions of Nigeria and we beat them 3-0 and nice, no argument of offside or what. That thing is important between South Africa and Nigeria. We are carrying the national flag and bragging rights are important,” he added.

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