Mamelodi Sundowns boss Rulani Mokwena explains why his stars deserve all the glory as they will meet Wydad Casablanca on Sunday afternoon.
Sundowns are in the final of the inaugural African Football League and will meet a team that knocked them out of the CAF Champions League semis last season.
Reflecting on Sundowns’ journey so far, Mokwena says his hard-working players’ success is written in the stars, suggesting they will be champions of the AFL.
MOKWENA ON WHY SUNDOWNS STARS DESERVE GLORY
The astute Masandawana manager reflects on his first arrival at Chloorkop and says Sundowns lost to Al Ahly but they don’t fear them anymore.
Under Mokwena’s guidance, Sundowns lost to Wydad in the semi-finals last season in Champions but they renew their rivalry on Sunday.
Despite the 2-1 loss in the first leg of the final away from home last weekend, Mokwena implies that Sundowns stars will be crowned champions on Sunday at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
“Let me explain that, after I arrived back at Sundowns, the first Champions League exit was a quarter-final to Al Ahly, the second season was a quarter-final exit to Petro and last season was Wydad in the semi-final,” Mokwena said according to iDiski Times.
“And so the story written this year, we start with Petro, the team who knocked us out of the quarter-final, then Al Ahly, a foe who knocked us out the season before that.
“And then last season was Wydad and just because it’s written in the stars, it doesn’t mean the stars are aligned.”
SUNDOWNS MENTOR ON THE HARD WORK AHEAD OF WYDAD CLASH
While he remains confident of a victory over the Moroccans, Mokwena challenges his men to keep working hard and look for glory.
“Our responsibility now is to align the stars, and that’s the message, it’s written in the stars but you still got to work for it, you still have to look for it,” adds Mokwena.
“It’s the same thing with rain, just because there are clouds doesn’t mean it’s going to rain.
“There’s no handouts in life you have to work hard to achieve and that’s the message, the players know.
“We work very hard – it’s what this group deserves, to be continental champions due to the amount of work they put in.”