Sundowns Coach Mokwena’s Thoughts On Mailula’s Unfortunate Goal In Caf CL Showdown
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“It could have been a landslide victory,” Mokwena bemoaned, according to Times Live. “We were robbed of a beautifully scored goal and it was wrongly called offside, but we played to our strengths and shone in some moments.”
“Who cares if the win was by a hair’s breadth?” Mokwena declared, brushing off the close scoreline. “What’s important is that we snagged the three crucial points.”
“Our goal is to get as close as possible to ten points,” the Sundowns coach explained. “History has shown that the minimum points to make it out of the group stages is four. But, ten points would almost guarantee us a spot in the knockouts.”
“Three points, regardless of the score, is a big win for us,” Mokwena exclaimed. “Plus, we kept a clean sheet – that’s icing on the cake.”
The Bigger Picture: Sundowns are hungry for their first Champions League title since 2016. They may rule the Premier Soccer League, but their African conquests have been limited.
Unfortunately, for Mokwena and the Sundowns, they’ve been a force in the Champions League group stage, frequently qualifying for the knockouts with games to spare, but falling short in the final.