Downs' Win Over Al Hilal Not Convincing? Rulani Responds

Cassius Mailula of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates his goal with teammates during the CAF Champions League match against Al-Hilal.
Cassius Mailula of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates his goal with teammates during the CAF Champions League match against Al-Hilal.
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena emphasized his side's objectives in the CAF Champions League, following reservations over their narrow 1-0 win over Al-Hilal.

Sundowns have set their standards high of winning games convincingly and have been invincible in the CAF Champions League group stages in the last few years.

However, the Brazilians, in Mokwena's first match as a head coach in the CAF Champions League, only managed a narrow 1-0 win over Sudanese side Al-Hilal in the group stage opener over the weekend at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

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The 36-year old tactician says he's not concerned about the scoreline, as what is more important is getting the three points, so they can qualify for the knockout stages as soon as possible.

"I think first is to get three points, the target is to move as close as possible to ten (points). History tells you that the lowest number of points to come out of the group stages is four," Mokwena told journalists in a press conference after the game.

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"But we want to try to get as close as possible to ten points because that guarantees you more or less a position in the knockouts and so three points, regardless of the scoreline very important, a good clean sheet.

"And as I said, congratulations to the players, it could have been more, I think we scored a very good goal, the second one, unfortunately it was judged offside but in certain moments we were very good," he said.

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"And we played the game, we were comfortable, even though we had a few jitters in certain moments, a few misplaced passes but I thought the boys were very good and applied themselves very well," he added.

Sundowns will focus on the CAF Champions League over the next two weeks, as the club will travel to Cameroon this week to take on Coton Sport on Friday and will make another long trip to Cairo to face Egyptian giants Al Ahly on February 25.

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