Mokwena: It’s a small advantage

Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Rulani Mokwena, believes that the MTN8 tie against Kaizer Chiefs is far from over.

Sundowns will host Kaizer Chiefs in the second leg of the MTN8 semifinal at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.

Khuliso Mudau’s last-gasp equalizer secured a 1-1 draw during the first leg at FNB Stadium and Mokwena believes the tie is far from over.

“It’s a small advantage, but it is an advantage that we worked very hard to get,” Mokwena says.
“However, it means nothing if we don’t perform in the second half, which consists of the next 90 minutes of the tie.

“We were pleased with the equalizer we achieved in the first leg. At Sundowns, our goal is always to try to win every game, regardless of the advantage or disadvantage we may have had.

“The attitude at this great club is always focused on winning and that is our mentality. We will strive to win the game on Saturday, even though it may be very challenging,” says Mokwena.

Sundowns beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 in the league on Wednesday while Amakhosi suffered a 1-0 defeat to Supersport United.

But despite the winless streak of four matches, the Sundowns coach believes that Molefi Ntseki’s side remains a formidable force.

“To be honest, they are a very good side with some excellent players who create lots of chances,” adds Mokwena.

“They do very well with the ball from the wings and they are a threat any day, any time. Their midfield options are always strong as well, which gives them some form of dynamism, so we have to be well-prepared. I am sure they say the same about us and they should also be well-prepared to face us,” Mokwena added.

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