Rulani Mokwena aims for 10 points in Champions League group

Rulani Mokwena aims for 10 points in Champions League group

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena believes 10 points will get them past the group stages of the CAF Champions League.

He was speaking after the Brazilians beat Coton Sport 3-1 in Cameroon on Friday to occupy the summit and establish themselves as favourites.

Sundowns, who now have six points from two matches, travel to Egypt to face Al Ahly next weekend.

"Very difficult group, four very good teams in this group. We still have games to play, we have to host Coton Sport in Pretoria. So, the focus is to get as close as possible to 10 points so we get ourselves mathematically to a position where we can think of ourselves in the quaterfinals," Mokwena said.

After results elsewhere in Group B, with Ahly suffering a shock defeat to Al Hilal, a third successive victory in Cairo will all but seal progress to the quarterfinals.

"And then we set another objective for ourselves which is to finish first. So, we have to move four points more towards the target and we will do that by respecting everybody and doing the best that we can to continue to improve," he added. 

Mokwena doesn’t give too much away in what he has seen of the opening two fixtures considering Sundowns still have to play them again in the coming weeks.

"Al-Hilal and Coton Sport are not too far apart, the profile not so far apart. I can't give too much detail on their strengths and weaknesses because we've got to play them again in the second round of the group stages," he explained.

Downs have also been able to collect six points using players that are getting the feel of continental football for the first time.

"So, they wil gain experience, Neo Maema, Mothobi Mvala, Grant Kekana, Ronwen Williams, Marcelo Allende, Cassius Mailula, (Khuliso) Mudau, so many of the players are playing Champions League for the first time," he concluded.