Sundowns PSL gossip

Rhulani Mokwena, the master tactician. Image: Samuel Shivambu / BackpagePix.

Sundowns boss Rhulani responds to Jali and Mbule noise

Rhulani Mokwena is keen to focus on the football with his Mamelodi Sundowns side. So, what did he say about Andile Jali and Sipho Mbule?

Sundowns PSL gossip

Rhulani Mokwena, the master tactician. Image: Samuel Shivambu / BackpagePix.

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rhulani Mokwena has responded to questions whether Andile Jali and Sipho Mbule arrived at training under the influence of alcohol.

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Sundowns boss responds to Jali and Mbule rumours

Masandawana’s 15-match winning streak came to and end on Sunday in a draw with Stellenbosch in gloomy conditions. The Brazilians had been on their travels to Egypt and Cameroon as well as Bloemfontein when they beat Marumo Gallants.

Much of the talk, however, was around off-field issues. Namely, rumours that Andile Jali and Sipho Mbule had arrived drunk at training and had been disciplined to that end.

Mokwena has insisted that it’s his job to protect the club and its players.

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Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Andile Jali
Andile Jali. Image: @KM_Khanye / Twitter

Rhulani speaks on Jali and Mbule

“So what I said in the last press conference, I said, if you’re looking for negatives about my players, you won’t find [it from me],” he said, when directly quizzed about the rumours around Jali and Mbule, with the latter coming on as a late sub at Stellies, while Jali wasn’t part of the squad.

“I have two responsibilities: The first responsibility I have for the club, to protect Mamelodi Sundowns. Number one.

“Number two, I have to protect my players. I have that, and those are two very important responsibilities.

“What I will say, and I will say this in a coach-less situation. Before, I’m a coach, I’m a human being. And before they are players, they are human beings.

Sundowns Rhulani Mokwena
Sundowns fans loving life. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Human beings make mistakes

“And so we have to be very, very careful sometimes not to go in the side where we affect the person only because we are targeting the professional. It’s very important.

“And I don’t want to go into too much detail into it, because at the end of the day, things that happened in the club, are for the football club to deal with. And there are so many internal things that happen at every single Football Club.

“And it becomes very important for the football club to protect not just the professionals, including myself, but also the human being. Because like in corporates, and like in every other job, no one’s perfect.

“And so that imperfection must come with also the acceptance that people will have my back. And people will have in my moments where I act as a human being where I have more weaknesses than strengths, I have more mistakes than good moments.

“In those moments, I have to know and that’s where I am, that I am there for the players. But it will never be at the expense of the football club, no chance.”

Sundowns now shift their attentions back to CAF Champions League action. They host Egyptian giants Al Ahly in Pretoria on Saturday. Rhulani Mokwena will be delighted to focus on football.

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