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Mokwena’s Bold Prediction After CAFCL Draw

Mokwena's Bold Prediction After CAFCL Draw |
Mokwena’s Bold Prediction After CAFCL Draw

Mamelodi Sundowns Coach Mokwena Reacts to CAFCL Quarterfinals Draw Against CR Belouizdad

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach, Rulani Mokwena, has reacted to drawing CR Belouizdad in the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League, saying they will face a very difficult clash. The Masandawana, who have made winning their second CAFCL trophy their top priority, were drawn against the leaders from the Algerian Ligue 1, who finished second in group D behind Esperance Tunis.

Tough Challenge for Sundowns

Despite the game being 15 games away, Mokwena has expressed his concern and insists that it will not be an easy clash against a side that has only conceded twice in the group stages. Mokwena told the club’s media team,

“It’s a draw that we accept with a lot of humility, but also a clear understanding that it’s going to be very, very difficult. Belouizdad is a very good side, even though they finished second in their group with 10 points. But they’ve had a very, very good campaign.”

Impressive Belouizdad

Mokwena acknowledges that Belouizdad is an impressive side, sitting at the top of the Algerian Ligue 1 table, and they have very good players who play a 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 formation with a strong and powerful Nigerian striker up front [Anayo] Iwuala and [Mohamed Islam] Belkhir, their top goal scorer on five goals.

He added [Mokwena],

“They play with very good tactical formations and structures.”

Advance Team for Preparations

Mokwena has revealed that Downs will send an advance team to Algeria to help with the preparations in the country ahead of their official travel with the players. He acknowledged that traveling to Algeria is going to be very difficult, particularly with the traveling and trying to map their way between the domestic fixtures. Sundowns have the Nedbank Cup just before they have to travel, and this will require a lot of work for their management team and the advance traveling party.

Previous Encounters

Sundowns faced Belouizdad in the 2021 CAFCL group stages when they beat them 5-1 in Algiers but lost their final match 2-0 at home when they were already qualified for the knockout stages. Belouizdad will host Sundowns in Algiers on 24 April, while the return fixture takes place on 28 April at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

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