It’s clear judging by Rulani Mokwena’s tone that if they could, Mamelodi Sundowns wouldn’t be back from Egypt anytime soon.
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Mokwena has revealed that they have found a second home in Alexandria, where they feel as comfortable as they would be if they were at their base in Chlorkop.
Masandawana went to Egypt last weekend to play Sudan’s El Merreikh, having already decided to stay on as they have another Café Champions League Group A game against Al Ahly on Saturday. This is how their ‘new home’ was discovered.
“We packed our bags and headed north (from Egypt) to Alexandria. We have found a home, we have found a facility that I think we will use a lot more, not only for the Champions League, but also for the preparation for the season,” said Masandawana’s co-coach.
“It’s a facility that was previously used by teams like Atletico Madrid. It’s a facility that allows us to do our day-to-day tasks as we would at Chlorkop – it has some very good recovery tools available…These things help us to ensure that no matter how hard we work on the pitch we can also maintain the freshness of the players.
“It also promotes a lot of rest and opportunities to focus on what is going to be a very difficult task. But I’m sure the Al Ahly camp speaks the same language and they understand it won’t be easy for them either.”
Being in Egypt also gave Sundowns technical team the chance to see Al Ahly on Tuesday, as they defeated Misr Lel Makkasa 4-0 in a league match.