Mamelodi Sundowns Rhulani Mokwena

Rhulani Mokwena has been missing match action. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Sundowns coach Rhulani admits to new struggle

Football results change. Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena has explained his team’s recent slump in the DStv Premiership.

Mamelodi Sundowns Rhulani Mokwena

Rhulani Mokwena has been missing match action. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns have uncharacteristically picked up five draws in seven DStv Premiership games. According to Rhulani Mokwena, winning the league with seven games to spare is a tricky mental challenge.

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The former Orlando Pirates coach believes confirming the title was going to Chloorkop in April spelled a difficult mental period.

“It is a difficult period for us because mentally, to win the league with seven games to go, it’s tough,” Mokwena told SuperSport TV after the 2-2 draw against AmaZulu.

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Mamelodi Sundowns team picture during the CAF Champions League 2022/23 Quarterfinal 1st leg match between CR Belouizdad and Mamelodi Sundowns held at Nelson Mandela Stadium in Algiers, Algeria on 22 April 2023 ©Djaffar Lakjal/BackpagePix.

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Additionally, ringing the changes to offer squad players a chance to enjoy minutes has also made the situation more tricky.

“Everybody expects to be at the top level. You are also trying to win over minutes, academy graduates like you say,” the Sundowns tactician added.

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“Ntando Nkosi was good, Gaston [Sirino] was good and he got good minutes, Thabiso Kutumela got some minutes, Terrence Mashego got some good minutes, Rushine de Reuck got some good minutes.

“It was the same with Zungu and he scored. So you can’t have it all in football. The problem is, when you are spoiled, you are that kid that wants to buy all the toys in the shop.

“You can’t buy all of them, there are other kids that must also get them. Life is about that and in fact, life and football are the same.

“You give and you take, you can’t take all of it. You have got to give some and that’s why you win some and you lose some, it’s life,” Mokwena concluded.

Meanwhile, Kabo Yellow are set to visit Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca in a CAF Champions League semi-final first leg at the Stade Mohammed V on Saturday, 13 May.

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