Rulani Mokwena disappointed at Mamelodi Sundowns’ defeat
Rulani Mokwena says Mamelodi Sundowns were prevented from playing their normal game in their CAF Champions League defeat to CR Belouizdad.
Rulani Mokwena says Mamelodi Sundowns were prevented from playing their normal game in the 2-0 CAF Champions League defeat to CR Belouizdad at home last Friday.
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Amir Sayoud (29th minute) and Ahmed Gasmi (45th minute) were on target at Loftus Versfeld against an already qualified Mamelodi Sundowns side.
The Brazilians ended the group stage as winners despite this loss against an impressive Belouizdad side who claimed second spot.
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Rulani Mokwena told the club’s website: “We are disappointed with the result, disappointed with the performance and with the overall application in the first half. Disappointed with the elementary mistakes committed for the two goals, apart from that we saw the performance is not our usual, very disappointing afternoon.
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“You could already see particularly from their high press, they pressed a little differently than they used to do. Sayoud their number ten pressed a little higher than he normally does, in previous matches, he drifts and controls the deep line and in this game, he was pressing in certain moments.
“We had to use the ball better and that is where our problems were, we did not create enough very good opportunities. That is the reality and we could not get going with our build-up,” Rulani Mokwena concluded.
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