Sundowns Rulani Mokwena

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

Rulani Mokwena reacts to Orlando Pirates loss

Orlando Pirates have left Mamelodi Sundowns healing from another fresh disappointment. Rulani Mokwena has reacted.

Sundowns Rulani Mokwena

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

Mamelodi Sundowns lost the Nedbank Cup final to Orlando Pirates on Saturday afternoon. Rulani Mokwena was left startled after dominating the game.


According to the Kabo Yellow mentor, his team were clearly domimant and superior but somehow lost the game. Themba Zwane had opened the scoring before Orlando Pirates responded with goals from Patrick Maswanganyi and Relebohile Mofokeng.

“It’s one I really cannot find words to explain. I thought we started very, very well in fact I thought we played well overall and we got the penalty from a clear decision. I’ve just watched all the key decisions and then we didn’t score that. Then the game drags a little bit for 0-0 until half time but still again, still very, very comfortable. So much control, in fact I think one of our better performances this season,” Mokwena said via SABC Sport.

“And to dominate a game like, a cup final like that against a very strong team like Orlando Pirates and then not to win is bittersweet because you look at the performance, you know you deserve better but like I said to the players, even in my team talk, cup finals are not there to be played, they are there to be won. Of course, I think some of the key moments in the game didn’t go for us, the penalty we missed,” Mokwena added.


Orlando Pirates captain, Innocent Maela, has lauded Tshegofatso Mabasa. The Botshabelo-born striker won the DStv Premiership Golden Boot award with 15 goals.

“Generally, in life when you are humble, you will always be surrounded by people who are willing to fight for you and help you when you need the help. Tshego is a smart guy, he is down to earth and he works really hard,” said Maela, as per Hollywoodbets.

“What I like most about him is that he is selfless, you can see that in the way that you play that he is always thinking about the player next to him. Because of the characteristics that he has within him,” the Orlando Pirates skipper added.

“We are able to help him because we know that he is also there for us when we need him. All I can say is that he must continue keeping his head down and keep scoring goals for the team,” the Sea Robbers defender added.

Mamelodi Sundowns’ Brazilian Lucas Costa Ribeiro once looked unchallanged but Stellenbosch FC‘s Iqraam Rayners and Orlando Pirates’ Mabasa had other plans on the final day of the season witnessed the Botshabelo-born striker score against SuperSport United to win the golden boot.

  1. Tshegofatso Mabasa, Orlando Pirates – 16 goals
  2. Iqraam Rayners, Stellenbosch FC – 15 goals
  3. Lucas Ribeiro, Mamelodi Sundowns – 12 goals
  4. Bradley Grobler, SuperSport Untied – 11 goals
  5. Khanyisa Mayo, Cape Town City – 10 goals
  6. Peter Shalulile, Mamelodi Sundowns – 9 goals
  7. Siphiwe Mahlangu, TS Galaxy – 8 goals
  8. Chibuike Ohizu, Sekhukhune United – 8 goals
  9. Samir Nurkovic, TS Galaxy – 8 goals
  10. Devin Titus, Stellenbosch FC – 7 goals.