Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena has admitted to being impressed with the team’s display in their 1-0 CAF Champions League victory against Pyramids of Egypt at the June 30 Stadium on Tuesday.
It was Teboho Mokoena’s heroic goal that earned the Chloorkop-based side a massive victory on the road after his signature long-range shot stunned the goalkeeper and hit the net. Speaking after the match, Mokwena expressed his joy to see his side back to their winning ways after drawing to the Pyramids at home on the first leg. He further stated the importance of his side collecting maximum points in this game, considering how the results have been turning out in Group A.
“I would like to congratulate Mamelodi Sundowns for the victory. It was a difficult game against a difficult side with very good players. We had to suffer in some of the moments and it showed that we can adapt to the conditions. It was necessary to suffer because, in the end, we did not give away a lot of chances. I am happy with the performance of the team. The performance was tricky in certain moments but I’m very happy with the overall performance,” said Mokwena.
“Winning this match is a big a step but not a big enough step because it’s only three points that’s between us and the other two teams,” added Mokwena.
Even with the victory, Mokwena stated his charges could have scored more goals and dominated the ball possession even better in Cairo. He is however satisfied with the adaptations his team displayed that saw them cruise to victory.
“For the majority of the game we had some good moments where we dominated possession and that’s not always easy in the Champions League, so we had to play and answer that, that’s the modern game at the moment,” said Mokwena, adding: “We are football romantics, we love football but we also understand that in the game of football, you have to answer what the game asks of you. If the game asks you to counterattack, you’ve got to counterattack, we don’t play for that. if the game asks you to suffer and absorb, we have to suffer and absorb pressure but we don’t play for that.”
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- Additional reporting Sundowns website.