Mokwena Opens Up About Sundowns’ Struggles In The League
Mamelodi Sundowns Coach Rulani Mokwena Explains Team’s Stuttering Form in DStv Premiership
Mamelodi Sundowns have been experiencing a series of draws in the DStv Premiership, and coach Rulani Mokwena has attempted to explain the team’s stuttering form. Sundowns picked up their fourth draw since being confirmed as champions, after seeing a two-goal lead wiped out by AmaZulu at the Princess Magogo Stadium.
Mokwena believes that having a squad of quality players and giving several players game-time has affected the team’s fluidity. He stated that the team is now paying the price for being spoiled for choice, especially since he’s giving everyone a chance to play after winning the league with seven games remaining.
Bongani Zungu put Sundowns ahead with Gaston Sirino providing the assist in the first half, while Peter Shalulile scored the second goal in the second half, his 12th league goal of the season. It seemed like there was no way back for Usuthu, and Sundowns were poised to secure another victory. However, the home side found their second wind, with Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Junior Dion scoring late goals to secure a draw.
Mokwena acknowledged that winning the league with seven games to go has presented mental challenges for the team. He further stated that he’s trying to give academy graduates and other players who don’t usually start an opportunity to play, resulting in the team’s inconsistent performances.
The coach compared their situation to a child who wants to buy all the toys in the shop. He explained that in football and in life, you can’t have it all, and sometimes you have to give and take.
Despite the team’s recent draws, Sundowns, who have 66 points after 28 matches, still have a chance to break their record points tally of 71 points, which they earned in the 2015/16 season. To achieve this, they must win their remaining two matches against Marumo Gallants and Maritzburg United.