Mokwena wary of Pyramids and Lakay, banks on homework
Rhulani Mokwena says Mamelodi Sundowns have planned for Pyramids but he is wary of Bafana Bafana star Fagrie Lakay.
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena says they have done their homework on Pyramids but he remains wary of Bafana Bafana striker Fagrie Lakay.
Mokwena is out to guide Sundowns to their second Group A win of the CAF Champions League as they are away in Egypt.
Sundowns have a single win, a loss, and a draw in the group and he says Lakay will keep his defence busy despite having done their homework.
The 36-year-old Sundowns astute manager, Mokwena is also concerned about the weather conditions as the North Africans are approaching winter while it’s summer in Mzansi.
As they remain at the top of the group, Mokwena wants Sundowns to finish the group stage assignments as winners ahead of the knockout stages.
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The Sundowns mentor explains their trip to Cairo was a smooth one but admits the weather conditions will play a huge role in the game against Pyramids.
“Pyramids are a strong team with a lot of aggression in midfield and a lot of intensity,” says Mokwena.
“Fagrie Lakay will always be busy and look for space in behind. They have very good fullbacks so they are a good team with a lot of good players.
“We have done our homework and we have analysed the performance against TP Mazembe which was completely different to the one when they played against us at home.
“So it looks like they are a team that has different personalities for home and away fixtures. We are ready and we have done our homework and we’re excited to be here and we have to make sure that we win the match.”
Despite all the teams such as TP Mazembe, Pyramids, and NouadhIbou having four points, Sundowns lead the log standings on goal difference.
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In addition, Mokwena states that their travel experienced a bit of delay for a couple of hours but they are in high spirits.
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“The trip has been good. There was a slight delay at the airport for a couple of hours and being on the flight for about 8 hours,” Mokwena adds.
“So it means when we arrived, we did some activities to try and prepare the major muscle groups and do some injury preventative work.
“On the day we arrived, we had a short training session that also allowed us to activate the bodies and put a little bit of adaptation into the system
“We are looking forward to the game although it’s cold because the North are facing winter and we are experiencing summer in the South.”
The match will be played at June 30 Stadium in Cairo and gets underway at 18:00.