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Junior Khanye backs Orlando Pirates. image: iDiski Times

The Nedbank Cup final exposed Rulani Mokwena – Junior Khanye

“The coach would rather play with an injured player when he has options on the bench,” Khanye on Rulani losing the Nedbank Cup.

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Junior Khanye backs Orlando Pirates. image: iDiski Times

Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Junior Khanye says Rulani Mokwena’s inexperience was exposed during the Nedbank Cup final last weekend.

Mokwena lost his second successive final of the season against Orlando Pirates. Having won the league by 23 points, Mamelodi Sundowns dominated the 2023/24 DStv Premiership having suffered just one defeat. Masandawasna went into the Nedbank Cup final as favourites but were outsmarted by the Buccaneers coach Jose Riveiro.

Khanye believes Rulani’s age was exposed and his tactics very well cost his team the Nedbank Cup.

“I think this final exposed Rulani Mokwena and his age. This final reminded us that Rhulani is a young person,” Khanye told iDiski Times

“He started the game with four central midfielders in Marcelo Allende, Bongani Zungu, Teboho Mokoena and Bathusi Aubaas. Four central midfielders. 

“This meant that they had no numbers upfront. Lucas Ribeiro was alone most of the first half,” he continued. 

Khanye insist Rulani Mokwena’s age showed in the Nedbank Cup final

“The second sign of Rulani’s inexperience is when he insisted on playing Khuliso Mudau even though he dislocated his shoulder in the first half.

“The coach would rather play with an injured player when he has options on the bench.”

Before the Nedbank Cup final, Khanye predicted Rulani Mokwena’s side to triumph against Pirates.

“I need to be honest, Sundowns players are more experienced than Pirates players as they play in the CAF Champions League regularly. Any situation they are faced with, they can make a plan.”

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“Unfortunately, Pirates play differently against Sundowns, they defend with six or seven players. They need to play their normal attacking game like when they won seven matches in a row,” he said last week.

Several pundits also questioned Rulani Mokwena’s tactics and decision to play injured Khuliso Mudau.