Ramadan helps Sundowns “focus” ahead Al Ahly showdown

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Mamelodi Sundowns arrived in Egypt, Cairo on Wednesday morning as locals are winding up on Ramadan – a time spiritual reflection and co-coach Mokwena has described the atmosphere as “serene”.

The Tshwane giants held and wrapped up their first training session in Cairo last night ahead of their all-important Caf Champions League quarterfinal clash against defending champions Al Ahly on Saturday evening at Al Salaam Stadium.

Ramadan is a holy month of worship, study of the Quran, prayer, and fasting, and Mokwena has said that landing in Egypt on the last day of Ramzan al-Mubarak has assisted his men to remain “focused”.

“The reception has been good. The weather has been accommodating. It’s a very different climate coming into Egypt because the country is still going through Ramadaan and there is not as much traffic during the day,” said Mokwena.

“It’s serene and gives a little more energy to maintain focus and understand that we are here to do a national assignment.

“The climate is not as noisy as you would normally expect in Cairo. It’s good it allows us to find our feet, our mental stability and focus at this moment is very good.”

Mokwena added: “We went to bed to get some rest and try to have a little bit control of the travel fatigue and prepare ourselves. We have just come back from our training session where we did a bit of activation from a technical perspective incorporating a bit of injury prevention and have completed a light session.

“The team looks energised, focused and the team knows what we are here for. We want to try in every game and reflect of course the culture we have at Mamelodi Sundowns and the driving culture of that is our work ethic.”

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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