TS Galaxy Mokwena

TS Galaxy taking Rulani Mokwena to court. Image: Sundowns

TS Galaxy taking Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena to court

TS Galaxy are requesting a public apology from Mokwena for comments he made last month about their coach Sead Ramovic.

TS Galaxy Mokwena

TS Galaxy taking Rulani Mokwena to court. Image: Sundowns

TS Galaxy has filed a lawsuit against Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena over the comments he made against their coach, Sead Ramovic.

This comes after Mokwena accused Ramovic of instructing one of his players to injure Bongani Zungu last month when the two teams played for the second time this season. Downs won 3-0, but there was drama towards the end when TS Galaxy player Orebotse Mongae was given a red card.

The war of words between Rulani Mokwena and Ramovic started last year in the Carling Knockout Cup. Zungu’s dangerous tackle on Bernard Parker saw the striker out of action for a lengthy period.

Following Mongae’s tackle on Zungu, Mokwena claimed the incident was planned. Mokwena’s comments led the Mpumalanga-based club to take legal action. TS Galaxy has now taken the matter to the High Court, accusing the 37-year-old of defamation.

According to SABC Sport, a copy of the High Court summons confirms TS Galaxy and Sead Ramovic as plaintiffs and Rulani Mokwena as the defendants.

“The impugning statements comprise untrue and defamatory statements pertaining to the club and is indeed per se defamatory of the club, its players, head coach, technical team, players, staff and management as well as its supporters,” read the document sent by Galaxy to Sundowns and Mokwena as published by SABC Sport.

TS Galaxy files lawsuit against Sundowns coach Mokwena

“In the circumstances, we are instructed to demand, as we hereby do, that Mr Mokwena and, by extension, Sundowns immediately retract the impugning statements and publish an unconditional, prominent and appropriate public apology [in the terms agreed to by the club] in both videographic and written forms, which should be prominently published on all prominent football social and other media platforms [including that of Sundowns], be it print and/or electronic.” 

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TS Galaxy and Sundowns met on Tuesday for the last time, with Mokwena and Ramovic on the touchline. The match ended 1-1, with Masandawana maintaining their unbeaten record.