Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena believes that his team is worthy of winning the African Football League (AFL) title.
Sundowns are trailing 2-1 as they head into the second leg final, knowing that a 1-0 win could see them clinch the title on the away goals rule.
Following the match in Casablanca, Mokwena was quoted as saying that the title win is destiny, but he emphasized that they will still need to put in a lot of effort to achieve it in Tshwane on Sunday.
“Let me explain, after I came back to Sundowns, we were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Al Ahly in the first season, then by Petro in the second season, and last season we were knocked out by Wydad in the semi-final,” Mokwena explained.
“This year, we started with Petro, the team that eliminated us in the quarter-finals, then Al Ahly, who defeated us the season before that, and then last season we faced Wydad. Just because it’s destined to happen doesn’t mean it will happen easily.
“Our task now is to make it happen, that’s the message. It’s destined to happen, but we still have to work for it, we have to strive for it. It’s like rain, just because there are clouds doesn’t mean it will rain.
“There are no handouts in life, you have to work hard to achieve success, and that’s the message the players understand. We work very hard – this group deserves to be continental champions because of the effort they have put in.”
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