Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena expressed admiration for his troops despite the disappointment of failing to reach the final of the Caf Champions League.
This comes after the Brazilians exited the CAF Champions League with a 2-2 draw to holders Wydad AC in the second-leg semi finals in Pretoria. Wydad reached the final of the competition courtesy of the away goal rule that favoured them from the previous scoreline of 0-0 in the first leg at the Stade Mohamed V.
“They know I love them more actually today, in the good and the bad we stick together. That’s why I’m here and that’s why the club has entrusted me with this responsibility. It’s not so much in the good moments, it’s actually in the bad moments that I’ve got to step up. First [I must] take the responsibility then try to allow the players to feel it, we’ve got to feel it because it’s the pain that will push us to the next level,” says Mokwena.
“What I can say is that I am extremely proud of the players. I am proud that in a very difficult competition we’ve finished unbeaten against some strong opponents, but of course there’s an element of disappointment which probably overrides. Maybe it’s only time that will reveal whether or not we are making the necessary progress to be able to be good enough and maybe reach a level of perfection as needed, to be able to compete and fiercely compete for this competition. But I trust the process, I trust this group, they’ll be better and stronger next season, they’ll have more experience and we will go again and try to make this dream a reality,” he added.
“[This was] A typical Champions League game, two very good sides. I think I have to congratulate the football club for having a good run in the Champions League, it’s a difficult competition. Congratulations to Wydad on progressing and wishing them all the best in the final. We end with having won a lot of hearts but of course not good enough, so we’ve got to galvanize strength and pick ourselves up and go again next season.”
“We will continue with this dream and we will win the Champions League, but it might not be this season of course. It might not be the next season but eventually we will win the Champions League and we will win it playing the way of the club, its supporters and its culture because if you want to change the style of football then you’ve got to take out quite a lot of what speaks to this club,” concluded Mokwena.
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