No time for ‘pity parties’ at Mamelodi Sundowns after dropping crucial CAF Champions League points

No time for ‘pity parties’ at Mamelodi Sundowns after dropping crucial CAF Champions League points

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena says he will not make excuses after his side dropped points in the group stage of the CAF Champions League for a second successive weekend.

The Brazilians were held to a goalless draw by Egyptian outfit Pyramids at Loftus Stadium on Sunday, eight days following their defeat away to TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi.

All four teams in Group A, which includes FC Nouadhibou of Mauritania, are now on four points from three matches. Mokwena insists there’s no time for ‘pity parties’.

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"We've got so many things we can talk about that influence what's going on at the moment but we have to just soldier on. The universe has no budget for pity parties and we have to just soldier on but definitely hangover is not one of the reasons for our performances at the moment, no," Mokwena said.

The stalemate against Pyramids was a notable setback because of the result being in Sundowns’ own backyard.

While the group is shaping up for what could be a photo finish, Mokwena adds he would have liked a bit more cushion.

"For me, no I'd love to have a little bit more control of our own destiny but okay, three games for everybody, four points for everybody, let's keep going match by match and keep trying to get more points. We know what the target is and there's still three games to go and we are within reach of the targeted number of points," Mokwena added.

Mokwena wasn’t too harsh on the performance of his players on the day having also argued they were the superior side away to Mazembe.

"It's my job to make sure the players understand how important it is to qualify and when I don't get that desire, it's not necessarily about the performance of the players, it's a little bit of the number of games and the volume of games that we are playing you know."