...By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
Mamelodi Sundowns’ hopes of progressing in the Caf Champions League were dashed as they suffered defeat against reigning champions Wydad Casablanca over two legs.
The second leg match ended in a 2-2 draw, with Wydad making two comebacks to deny Sundowns a place in the final.
The deciding factor came in the form of Mothobi Mvala’s own goal, which allowed Wydad to advance on away goals.
According to Rhulani Mokwena, the head coach of Sundowns, the Loftus Versfeld match was primarily determined by the superior quality and experience displayed by the reigning champions throughout the two legs.
Mokwena’s Determination to Win the Champions League
Despite the disappointment of the elimination, Rhulani Mokwena remains resolute in his determination to lead Sundowns to victory in the Champions League.
While acknowledging that it may take another season or even longer, he believes that his team will eventually achieve this feat.
In a post-game interview with SuperSport TV, Mokwena expressed his disappointment but emphasized the need to learn from these painful experiences and use them as lessons for future success.
Mokwena’s Reflection on Sundowns’ Journey
Mokwena also took a moment to recognize the commendable achievements of his team in the Champions League.
Although the end result was bitter, he appreciated the compliments received from the Wydad team and coach.
Despite the disappointments along the way, Mokwena expressed pride in the remarkable run of Sundowns this year.
However, he acknowledged the unfortunate manner in which it came to an end.
He wished Wydad good luck in the final and expressed his team’s commitment to learning from this setback and improving in the future.
The Road Ahead for Wydad Casablanca
With their victory over Mamelodi Sundowns, Wydad Casablanca now moves forward to face Al Ahly of Egypt in the final.
The final will also be a two-legged affair, with the first leg taking place in Cairo as Wydad visits to clash with the Red Devils.