After registering their first victory in the first leg of the quarter finals in the African Football League, Mamelodi Sundowns will be looking to finish the story with another victory when they host their counterparts, Petro de Luanda, on Tuesday evening in the second leg of the quarter finals.
With only two days to prepare for the second leg, Coach Rulani stated that the encounter between the two sides will not be an easy one, even though they will be heading into the clash with an upper hand.
“We anticipate a very difficult second leg against a very good team. We worked very hard and got a hard-earned victory against Petro de Luanda in Angola. It was the 5th time we visited Angola, and it was the first time we came back with a win, so I’m extremely proud of the players for their performance, fighting spirit, brotherhood and unity they showed throughout the match,” he said.
Masandawana have been working on a tight schedule and the Johannesburg-born tactician has expressed his pride towards his side and the amount of work they have done.
“We are playing well and we are winning games. We have come under a lot of criticism. I have suffered greatly, but not like the players, in the past three to four weeks. Like I always say, I give a lot of praises and credit to the players. They work hard and they understand that to be a top player, you have to be a top football player for 40-60 games and that’s what’s happening worldwide,” Coach Rulani expressed.
When asked about what he thinks of the quality of the new league, Coach Rulani concluded by speaking highly of it and the quality it brings to African Football. He said: “last night I spent most of the night catching up on the games. I watched Al Ahly and Simba and I thought it was an exceptional game. I thought the standard was very high. I watched Wydad and Es Tunis struggle. I saw Enyimba FC putting an outstanding performance. I saw a very physical TP Mazembe and of course when you go to a competition of this stature, it makes sense to only have a select few who are the best in the continent, therefore the standard is very high.”
Mamelodi Sundowns do clash with Petro de Luanda in the second leg of the quarter finals in the African Football League on Tuesday evening at Loftus Versfeld Stadium. Kick off is at 19h00