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Mamelodi Sundowns are away to Burundi side Bumamuru in their CAF Champions League second preliminary round first leg clash on Friday. Image Source: (@Masandawana/Twitter)

Rulani Mokwena warns Sundowns it’s not over against CR Belouizdad

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena insists their match against CR Belouizdad is not over and wants no complacency

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Mamelodi Sundowns are away to Burundi side Bumamuru in their CAF Champions League second preliminary round first leg clash on Friday. Image Source: (@Masandawana/Twitter)

Despite setting one foot in the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League, Mamelodi Sundowns mentor Rulani Mokwena demands more from his hard-working troops.

Mokwena guided the Brazilians to a convincing 4-1 win over CR Belouizdad last Saturday night in Algiers, but he says the encounter is far from finished.

The South African top-flight outfit is set to welcome their quarter-final counterparts at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday afternoon in what is expected to be a packed venue.

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MOKWENA WARNS HIS CHARGES TO REMAIN LEVEL HEADED

Known for his astute tactical planning, Mokwena says there is always an opportunity for the North Africans to overturn the scoreline in Tshwane this coming weekend.

He referred to the European giants such as Manchester City and Real Madrid, urging his men to remain focused and never become complacent.

The former Orlando Pirates coach says resting on their laurels will be their biggest downfall as they target their second continental title.

“We have seen crazier things, and you don’t have to go too far back in the match between Manchester City and Real Madrid last season. There is always a big chance, this is football,” he said.

“Football teaches you these lessons, and there is no chance for us to get complacent because it is not over. I say this to the players and not only to you; we have done an incredible effort to put ourselves in the position that we are in.”

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RULANI MOKWENA WANTS HIS PLAYERS TO BE SOBER AT LOFTUS

Fresh from ending their three-game winless run when it comes to domestic football, Mokwena has called on his players to be calm and make their supporters proud.

Sundowns managed to secure maximum points against Richards Bay in their midweek DStv Premiership match, but he remains wary of Belouizdad, whom he labelled as a great team.

“Now we just have to go out there and finish it off; we must be sober and do the best that we can do to make sure that the team is in the next round. That is very important for the players, for the supporters, and for the football club,” he added.

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“We know the magnitude of the responsibility, and that’s why we can’t make light of the next 90 minutes. We have to plan against a very good side that we beat in Algeria.”

“We beat a good side that has about four to five Algerian internationals; you can pick whoever you want to play in Europe. They are a team that has got that pedigree, and they cannot be taken for granted.”

Should the new league champions book a spot in the Last Four, they will face Tanzanian side Simba SC or Wydad Casablanca of Morocco.

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