Mamelodi Sundowns continued their impressive run in the CAF Champions League overcoming the difficult heat and wind in Khartoum to earn a point away against Al Hilal. The win took Masandawana to thirteen points at the top of Group B with one round of fixtures remaining.
Coach Rulani Mokwena took a moment to give credit to newly-appointed Al Hilal coach Ricardo Formosinho: “Firstly, let us give huge congratulations to coach Ricardo and his staff. It is fantastic that Africa can recruit coaches of his calibre with his technical staff, [they have] huge experience, lots of quality and [have worked] at the highest level.”
“We knew that from watching videos and getting data that the team has improved a lot within the three weeks. It is not always easy to give a team your footprint as a coach particularly within the short period of time that he has done it.
Speaking on the game, Coach Mokwena said: “We knew we had to play very strong, when we didn’t have possession of the ball we had to work a little bit to keep compact and deny them spaces behind us. Maybe at certain moments in the first half we dropped off too early. We were better in the second half where we induced a little bit of pressure and pressed a bit higher. We are satisfied with the result.”
Bafana Ba Style return to action on Tuesday afternoon with an away trip to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in the DStv Premiership.