Mokwena explains why victory is non-negotiable for Mamelodi Sundowns |

CR Belouizdad will likely be boosted by a 2-0 win final weekend over DR Congo giants TP Mazembe and may nonetheless qualify for the quarters with a win or a draw

The psychological side of Mamelodi Sundowns ending off their Caf Champions League Group B marketing campaign with victory is essential, says co-coach Rhulani Mokwena.

Mokwena was talking as regards to the Brazilians’ closing Group B match towards Algerian outfit CR Belouizdad, which takes place on the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Friday afternoon, with kick-off set for 15:00.

Downs can afford to attract and even lose the match and can nonetheless finish as group winners, due to an unassailable lead on the high courtesy of 4 wins and a draw from their 5 matches.

However with what is going to most certainly be a troublesome draw within the Champions League quarter-finals, adopted by much more tough video games doubtlessly later within the competitors, it is vital that the 2016 African champions keep a successful mentality, says Mokwena:

“From a psychological perspective, we wish to be certain we get to the knockout phases on an excellent successful momentum, in order that we’ve the convictions that we are able to win in Africa and that’s vital. Whenever you get to the knockout phases there aren’t any second probabilities,” the previous Orlando Pirates coach was quoted saying on the Sundowns web site.

Downs beat Belouizdad 5-1 simply 5 weeks again in a recreation performed within the impartial territory of Tanzania, though Mokwena nonetheless stays cautious of their potential menace.

“CR Belouizdad is an attention-grabbing match, we’re critical folks and we attempt to set the tone because the technical group,” he mentioned.

“They’re an excellent group, well-coached with very attention-grabbing schemes, particularly with their fullbacks. Let’s see what occurs on the day of the sport.”

Downs co-coach Manquba Mnqiti has, in the meantime, hinted that Sibusiso Vilakazi, who returned from long run harm to attain within the 3-1 league win over TTM in midweek, may additionally function on Friday:

“It was very encouraging to see Vila coming again and scoring a objective. It counts for us to see that we are able to rating objectives from totally different angles and making it tough for opponents to know the place we’re going to rating from,” he mentioned.

“At Sundowns, [myself] and the coaches I work with, one factor we do is to reward good performances and when Vila is available in and scores he continues. He’s already forward within the pecking order as we all know what he has given within the earlier matches.”

Belouizdad are second within the group, with six factors, two greater than Sudan aspect Al Hilal Omdurman. Whereas Belouizdad will likely be hoping Mazembe – who’re backside with solely two factors – do them a favour and beat Al Hilal within the DR Congo, they may also know {that a} win or presumably even a draw over Sundowns will take them by to the quarter-finals.

The match will likely be proven on SABC in addition to on the Mamelodi Sundowns Fb web page.

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