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Pitso expects tough test from Bloem Celtic in TKO

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes his side face a tough test against Bloemfontein Celtic on 20 October in the Telkom Knockout Round of 16.

Sundowns last won the tournament in 2015 when they thrashed Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 in the final in Durban.

Steve Komphela was in charge of the Glamour Boys at the time, though he is now at the helm of Celtic.

Citing demands in other competitions, Mosimane said: "It's obviously going to be a difficult game. Cup games are always a little bit of a problem for us. If you look at the top eight, it clashed with the CAF Champions League.

"You saw that we had different lineups when we played in Cape Town and home in the semifinal of the MTN8, that had an effect on the result.

"The Telkom Knockout clashes with the Champions League that's about to start in a few weeks' time. That also has an effect on us.

"We are two games behind in the league in terms of our schedule and there are also international games. To play against a team that nearly won this competition last year, a revived team, will be difficult."