Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says they have to keep winning trophies in order to match Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in terms of supporters.
The Brazilians have done well in recent times as they managed to lift the CAF Champions League title last season.
However, the Tshwane giants are still struggling to attract numbers at their games compared to their Soweto counterparts in South Africa.
Accordingly, it is reported that Mosimane’s men have been teased by their next CAF Champions League opponents in the quarterfinals, Wydad Casablanca.
The Moroccan giants are said to have poked fun at the Brazilians, saying they will be coming up against a team that needs to let fans come in for free to fill their stadium.
This comes after the African Champions called on Masandawana to fill up the Lucas Moripe Stadium free of charge if they wear their yellow colours.
“You can’t outdo (Kaizer) Chiefs and (Orlando) Pirates’ history. A lot of children inherit their support for them through their parents,” said Mosimane to the Sowetan website.
“So it will always grow but you can also grow with it by winning.
“That’s why they will always be bigger. So you have to win the big trophies and play in the bigger spaces to influence fans.
“Look at Mamelodi for instance‚ it has Chiefs and Pirates’ fans too. We are trying to have a bigger influence there.
“That’s why when we win‚ we always go there to parade the trophy. Nothing gives me joy than seeing children in Sundowns’ jerseys in Mamelodi. It’s unbelievable.
“That’s how you grow your support base. The trophy says we are stronger than them (Chiefs and Pirates)‚ we have seven league titles. But we need to do more to get the fans like them.”