Mokwena: Next focus is Pirates not Champions League

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena says his focus is on Orlando Pirates not Caf Champions League.

Sundowns beat Sekhukhune United 2-0 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium to stretch the lead at the top of the table to twenty two points.

Sundowns goals were scored in the second half by Peter Shalulile and Cassius Mailula.

“I’m proud of my players, it was not an easy one but if you look at it in terms of numbers – we had four big ones and they had zero chances,” said Mokwena after the match.

“We gave them nothing. In their attempt to block our build ups, they tried but nothing came off.

In the second half we didn’t have build-up especially when we went one man down, but the pressure was always there. I’m proud of the players and their effort.

Regarding the Caf Champions League, it’s a different space and much more intense. But how we work is that we take it one game at a time.

Right now, the focus is on recovering the players and we have seven days between now and the next match against Orlando Pirates.”

Against Sekhukhune United, Mokwena continued with Denis Onyango in goals with Andile Jali also starting in midfield.

“It’s all about squad rotation and giving others a fair chance as well,” Mokwena adds.

“Andile Jali has been superb in the last two games, Bongani Zungu had some very good moments. Denis Onyango is Denis Onyango and this gives us an opportunity to have Kennedy Mweene on the bench and that helps a lot with the group dynamics.

I don’t like to speak about individuals because football is a team sport. There’s a lot of hard work that goes on behind the scenes from coaches to the management to keep the squad competitive.”

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