July 13, 2024

Mokwena: ‘People Will Celebrate Our Downfall’

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Mokwena was not happy with the tight schedule his club has been forced to endure lately.

FILE PHOTO: Kaizer Chiefs' Head Coach, Molefi Ntseki and Mamelodi Sundowns' head coach, Rhulani Mokwena at the presser that took place today at the PSL Offices. PICTURE: Kaizer Chiefs/Twitter

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MBOMBELA: The 5-4 defeat on penalties was Downs’ second successive cup defeat in as many days on penalties.

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena could not hide his feelings after the Brazilians exited the Carling Knockout Cup at the hands of TS Galaxy. Downs crashed out of the cup in a penalty shootout as the two teams had played to a 2-all draw after 120 minutes of football.

The 5-4 defeat on penalties was Downs’ second successive cup defeat in as many days on penalties. The young coach lamented the fact that he went to the match a day after the FIFA international break, which meant he would be missing his key stars.

“Who cares that you are 2-0 down and you are 10 men. Who cares that you play the day after and you tell me of any club in the world, any club? I’m waiting a day after the international break,” remarked a visibly disappointed coach, speaking to SuperSport TV in a post-match interview.

“Everyone will say these are excuses,” he continued, “People will celebrate our downfall and that’s okay, because as human beings we plan but God decides.”

The Brazilians were without their Bafana Bafana contingent, namely Ronwen Williams, Teboho Mokoena, Mothobi Mvala, Aubrey Modiba, Themba Zwane, and Khuliso Mudau, who were on national duty against Eswatini and Ivory Coast.

Mokwena was not happy with the tight schedule his club has been forced to endure lately, as Sundowns was supposed to compete in five competitions within two months.

The Tshwane giants, who lost the MTN8 final to Orlando Pirates, now have been kicked out of the Carling Knockout Cup and have three other competitions to balance out for the foreseeable future.

Unfortunately, there is no rest for the weary as Sundowns have to dust themselves off and gear up for the African Football League (AFL), the CAF Champions League, and the DSTV Premiership.

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