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Doctor Puts Pressure On Rulani Ahead Of CAFCL 2nd Leg

Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs legend Doctor Khumalo has insisted that Mamelodi Sundowns played into the hands of Esperance Sportive de Tunis in their first leg of the CAF Champions League and Rulani Mokwena needs to change his approach if he wants to reach the final.

Sundowns suffered a 1-0 first-leg defeat in Rades on Saturday, despite having over 60% possession in the match.

With Masandawana having it all to play for in the second leg in Pretoria, Khumalo insisted that Mokwena needed to change his game plan.

“This is a true reflection in terms of how disciplined Esperance were, because they allowed Sundowns to have touches in their own half, they were not hurting them,” he said on SABC Sport.

“In football language, we would’ve said it was a high-school game that Sundowns showed because they didn’t hurt them.

“Sundowns made Esperance look good because they played to their strengths.

“They were expecting Sundowns to be that team that comes with a lot of combinational play, that doesn’t hurt them, it doesn’t do anything. So it doesn’t look good.

“But as soon as they changed gear, Sundowns to fifth gear, you could see Esperance breaking at the back.

“But now you ask yourself how is Rulani playing a [Thapelo] Maseko in this temperamental game. He hasn’t played much in the PSL, now he brings him in this [game] and they are trailing, they are chasing the game.”

Khumalo also admitted it’s difficult to predict the second leg but reiterated that Mokwena’s tactics hold the key for Sundowns to book their ticket in the final.

“It’s difficult to predict because they’re just leading 1-0,” he added.

“If only Rulani would come up with a better plan because he’s stuck on fourth gear. He needs to get to fifth gear. That fifth gear is the one that will take Sundowns to the final.”

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Sundowns will welcome ES Tunis at Loftus Versfeld Stadium at 20:00 on Friday.

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