Mokwena asks for patience ahead of Champions League draw

Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Rulani Mokwena, has asked for patience ahead of the Caf Champions League quarter-final draw.

Sundowns beat Cameroon side Coton Sport 2-1 to finish on top of Group B. Sundowns won the Caf Champions League in 2016 and a searching for the second continental silverware.

“We are moving into a space where we have to be fair and patient with this group,” Mokwena said the win against Coton Sport.

“It’s a group that shows lots of promise, and it’s a group that has to be given fair opportunities to be able to make their own mark, write their own history and create their own legacy in the club.

“I strongly believe that this team will eventually win the Champions League. When will it happen? I can’t play God, but I know that everyday we work towards this objective and we put in the work.”

Sundowns finished Group B unbeaten and need an own goal with another goal coming from Abubaker Nasir. Mokwena also used the match to experiment. “It was a difficult game against a good opponent. A team that even though they didn’t have much to play for they still put up a brave fight and worked really, really hard and [tried] their best to represent their people and their country.

“It’s tough, especially when you have so many internationals because you don’t have a lot of time to work on preparations but that’s why we work so hard during the training sessions that are available.

“As you know, we only received the Bafana Bafana players on Thursday for training. Brian [Onyango] was only back on Thursday and they couldn’t do much because they arrived almost close to midnight. That’s Thursday gone and it’s matchday -1 on Friday, we couldn’t have most of them.”
By Zola Doda

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