CAF Champions League CCL: Mokwena proud of Mamelodi Sundowns after finishing top

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rhulani Mokwena has revealed his happiness after they finished top of their group in the CAF Champions League campaign.

Sundowns topped Group A following their 1-0 triumph over DR Congo side TP Mazembe at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday. Even though both teams went to this encounter already qualified for the quarterfinals, Coach Rulani’s dream to finish the group stages round on top of the table came true, all thanks to Peter Shalulile’s penalty kick that saw the Pretoria-based side collect the maximum points.

“I was really happy, not necessarily with the results – because I think a performance like that deserves maybe a bigger scoreline – but the control, personality, aggression, counter pressures, and passes. The players played with bravery and courage and we took a lot of big risks when we needed to and that’s how big teams must play,” said Mokwena.

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“I’m very proud of the players for finishing on top which was very important. It ticks a lot of boxes, it gives us points for the Club World Cup, it gives us confidence going to the knockout round and it also makes sure that we continue to do what we are doing which is to try to win every game that we play.”

He added: “Congratulations to the Club, players, technical and team as a whole. I think we had a difficult group on the draw when it came out initially but I think we have done very well to finish on top of a very difficult group. We bounced back after the patch in between with the results against Pyramids FC and TP Mazembe but we showed a good mentality to bounce back and get positive results.

“We stressed the importance of winning this game especially because there was a little bit of a bitter taste left after we lost against TP Mazembe away from home in the first leg, and maybe undeservedly because I thought we played well in Lubumbashi. We played very well today, we had so much control. A performance like that needed one or two more goals but today’s performance was spotless.”

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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