Following his side’s win against Cotonsport away in Cameroon, coach Rulani Mokwena has expressed his delight with his side’s ability to execute the game plan.
First half goals from Cassius Mailula and Thapelo Morena handed the Brazilians a crucial 3-1 win over the champions of Cameroon.
The win kept Bafana Ba Style at the summit of Group B with six points from two games.
“Congratulations to Mamelodi Sundowns, the technical team and the players. I thought in the first half we were very good, we played according to instructions and everything went according to plan. We got the two goals, and then Coton Sport reacted and think [their substitutions] were good to bring intensity in midfield.”
“In the second half I think we struggled a little bit in the beginning, we were put under a lot of pressure. We will improve, we have to get better. Now we focus on recovering the team and getting ready for the difficult game against Al Ahly.”
Mokwena was pleased with how players like Mailula and Teboho Mokwena, who were playing in the Champions League for the first time, performed in the game against Cotonsport.
“We will get better, we have to get better. A lot of my players were playing for the first time in the Champions League, Cassius Mailula, Teboho Mokoena, Ronwen Williams, we had Denis Onyango as the number one last season, Mothobi Mvala, Grant Kekana and Marcelo Allende. This is the experience we’ll get and we’ll get better, its a very big three points.”
Up next for Masandawana is a battle against continental rivals Ah Ahly SC of Egypt away in Cairo on Saturday.
“I’ll say again, there are four very good teams in this group, we still have games to play. We still have to host Coton Sport in Pretoria. The focus is to get as close as possible to 10 points so that we get ourselves mathematically into a position where we can think of ourselves in the quarter-finals,” concluded Mokwena.
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