Sundowns Rulani Mokwena

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena at the Mbombela Stadium against TS Galaxy. Image: BackpagePix

‘God decides’ – Sundowns’ Mokwena on big disappointment

Football hurts and often in very dramatic ways. Just ask Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena after this weekend.

Sundowns Rulani Mokwena

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena at the Mbombela Stadium against TS Galaxy. Image: BackpagePix

Dreams don’t always come true. Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena nearly realised his dream of creating an invisibles season. Cape Town City got in the way on the final day of the season.


The DStv Premiership champions were just 25 minutes away from finishing the season with zero defeats. Unfortunatley for Sundowns, Cape Town City’s Jayden Rhodes struck the killer blow to the invisibles dream.

“Yes, it’s bittersweet. We would have loved to do it in a different way but one wiseman once taught me that man plans but God decides,” Sundowns coach Mokwena said as quoted by the Citizen.

“The almighty decided that it should end like this and you’ve got to respect that. We have to congratulate Cape Town City for the victory because there was a football match that took place and being the only club that beat us, congratulations to coach Eric and City.

“A big congratulations to this football club, the Motsepe family, the technical team and the football club from the grounds staff. The incredible contribution from the analysts, the conditioning coaches and this incredible group of players for breaking records in an incredible season. I’m very proud of what this group of players have done,” the Sundowns tactician concluded.


The 27-year-old Mojela has not been at the Rockets for a very long time. The pacy forward signed for TS Galaxy at the start of this season after impressing Sead Ramovic in a friendly match against Casric Stars. Sundowns are now his next dream.

Speaking to the media about reports linking him to the big teams, the attacker with seven goals and one assist said his heart is with Sundowns.

“I want to play for Sundowns, but for now, I’m focusing on TS Galaxy because that’s where I have a contract. I think coach Rulani [Mokwena] is a fantastic coach and Sundowns is very dangerous,” Mojela said as quoted by FARPost.


Staying with Sundowns, the club’s former captain, Hlompho Kekana, has sent a message to Kaizer Chiefs’ 36-year-old goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

Khune was honoured for 25 years of service as a Kaizer Chiefs player last Saturday. The Ventersdorp-born legend later told the media that is not retiring.

“This journey is still long,” he told SuperSport TV’s Lerato Phago, as quoted by iDiski Times.

“We’re still going to see each other, we’re still going to travel together, as much as we have been traveling it and I appreciate everything that everyone has done for me.

“It’s not a farewell. The club made it clear that they are honouring me for 25 years of service. They didn’t say ‘we’re bidding farewell to Itumeleng Khune’.

“I think we will go back, sit down and discuss the future. But for now, nothing has been confirmed yet.

“My legs can still carry me for the next couple of years, so I will continue giving my all whenever given the opportunity to don the black and gold jersey of Kaizer Chiefs,” Khune concluded.

Meanwhile, the Sundowns legend Kekana has sent a warning to Khune.

“I wish he could understand and face the reality that he will never play forever,” Kekana said on SABC’s Soccer Zone, as per FARPost.

 “At this stage that he finds himself in, one would say leave the game before you start hating the game.

“The reality says the system doesn’t want you anymore. So when the system doesn’t want you anymore, make sure that you move. You don’t want to watch football one day and hate it.

“He played for Bafana; he captained the Kaizer Chiefs team, which won the league. I mean, he has done so much. What point does he want to prove, and to whom?” the former Sundowns captain concluded.