Teko Modise cautions Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena against making a costly decision in the Caf Champions League, emphasizing that there is no room for second chances.

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The Bafana legend insists that Masandawana should prioritize, especially with the team competing in three competitions simultaneously.


What Occurred?


South African powerhouse Mamelodi Sundowns have enjoyed success both domestically and internationally in the ongoing 2023/24 season.


They are poised to claim their seventh consecutive Premier Soccer League title, while also advancing to the semi-finals of both the Caf Champions League and the Nedbank Cup.


Club legend Teko Modise has offered advice to coach Rhulani Mokwena regarding priorities.


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The Modise Remarks



“I would like to see them winning the Champions League more. If I had to choose a trophy now, I would choose the Champions League,” Modise said in a presser.


“The tricky part about cup competitions is that there is no second chance … you get knocked out, you are out. But what I like about them is that they are finding ways to win in difficult situations. It is an opportunity for them.


“The importance of playing in the Champions League every season [is that] you get seeded. It is easy for you to get into group stages and knockout phases and be able to win it,” he continued.


“It’s one of the biggest stages in the continent. Certain players will not have that opportunity in the national team, but playing in the Champions League will give you that experience and exposure, and when you play in the national team, you are ready.”



The Broader Perspective



Following their triumph in the African Football League (AFL) in November 2023, coach Mokwena has the opportunity to etch his name in history by clinching a quadruple.


The Brazilians have been drawn against PSL surprise package Stellenbosch in the Nedbank Cup semi-final. The Steve Barker-led team is vying for a spot in the 2024/25 Caf Champions League campaign.


However, this Saturday, Mokwena and his squad will travel to Tunisia to face Esperance in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final tie.


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What’s Ahead?


Mokwena needs to strike a balance within his squad to ensure optimal performance while guarding against fatigue.


The 37-year-old acknowledges the challenges awaiting them this weekend in North Africa and understands its potential impact on their season.




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