Rulani’s One Positive From Taxing Al Hilal Encounter

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Rulani Mokwena
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Despite it not being one of their best displays this season, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena has revealed the one positive that has come from their taxing Sudanese trip.

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Barring the controversy involving club liaison Khaled Ali, Sundowns’ hard-fought draw against Al Hilal ensured that they finish top of group B standings to qualify for the CAF Champions League quarter finals.

Sundowns nearly let it slip towards the death, but inspirational Ronwen Williams atoned for his earlier error by saving a spot kick from Al Hilal captain Ather El Tahir in the second minute of stoppage time.

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“Difficult match, difficult conditions. We take the point, and we go home. We could have won the game and it’s a pity we didn’t win it, so we have to go again, try to improve and make the team better.

“Congratulations to the group for finishing first, I think mathematically now we are on top of the group, so that’s the positive that we can take out of it,” he told journalists.

Sundowns’ next encounter will be in a fortnight’s time as they host group B bottom-dwellers Coton Sport on 31 March.

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