Pyramids depth makes up for lack of CAFCL experience - Rulani Mokwena

Pyramids depth makes up for lack of CAFCL experience - Rulani Mokwena

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena has spoken glowingly about the squad assembled by Egyptian side Pyramids ahead of their CAF Champions League group stage clash on Sunday.

It’s the first time the North African club has reached this phase of the continental competition, and their inexperience at this level can be seen as a stumbling block. 

But Mokwena doesn’t see it that way. 

"Pyramids are a team that makes up for the lack of team experience in the Champions League with an accumulation of very good competitive exposure from individual players," said Mokwena.

"They've got players that play for the Egyptian national team, they've got Ramadan Sobhi, who's played in the English Premier League, so it's players that have a lot of competitive exposure.

"And that level of experience will for sure help them, and you've seen already in the two games they've played that they are a team that can cause a lot of problems."

Pyramids stunned TP Mazembe in their Group A opener last month, but went on to suffer a surprise defeat to FC Nouadhibou in Mauritania two weeks later.

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With all four teams in the group now tied on three points, the Sundowns coach doesn’t expect Pyramids to just roll over at Loftus Stadium on Sunday, especially on the back of The Brazilians losing away to Mazembe last weekend.

"Against Mazembe, they were very, very good and even though it was a very difficult game for them, I think in the end they probably got the result they deserved," he added.

"A difficult encounter against Nouadhibou, but already when you look at the group you can see how difficult it's going to be for all four of the teams that are in this group."

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