Mamelodi Sundowns cut the supply to Wydad Casablanca’s front man Ayoub El Kaabi to make sure they were not much of a threat during their CAF Champions League clash in Morocco on Saturday night, coach Pitso Mosimane has said.
The goalless draw meant the Brazilians remain top of Group C of the continental tournament with four points following their win in the opening round a week earlier, while Wydad are yet to register a win since.
“I am happy we dealt with their No.9 because he is a very good footballer. He is powerful and we gave him no chance to face the goals. He was only playing facing his own goals,” Mosimane explained to reporters.
El Kaabi would have had to rely on his teammates on the flanks, but Downs had studied their opposition’s game plan to suffocate the supply.
“We also know that their right winger likes to go on the line a lot to cross, so we denied him the space to cross. The same goes for (Ismail) El Haddad, he wants to go down the line and bring in the balls. So if you deal with the wingers, the No.9 doesn’t get much,” Mosimane said.
“But (Aymane) El Hassouni was a problem because he was cutting in during the first half – so I was happy he came off. But everything came out as we expected it. The only time we thought we would have problems was for corner kicks and free kicks. But we were good.”