Mokwena Speaks Out: Refuting Claims About Jali And Mbule’s Future At The Club
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach, Rulani Mokwena, has addressed concerns regarding the alleged arrival of Andile Jali and Sipho Mbule at training while under the influence of alcohol.
The team’s winning streak of 15 matches was halted on Sunday as they dropped two points against Stellenbosch FC. Sundowns had recently traveled to Egypt and Cameroon before securing a 3-1 victory over Marumo Gallants in Bloemfontein on Thursday.
Despite their impressive form leading up to the game, the team was surrounded by controversy as local media reports alleged that Jali and Mbule had arrived at training while under the influence of alcohol.
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Mokwena, who had previously addressed the matter following Thursday’s game, reiterated his commitment to protecting both the club and its players.
When questioned about the rumors surrounding Jali and Mbule, with the latter making a late substitute appearance at Stellenbosch FC while Jali was absent from the squad, Mokwena stated,
“As I mentioned in the previous press conference, if you’re searching for negativity about my players, you won’t hear it from me.”
He further added,
“I have two major responsibilities: firstly, to protect Mamelodi Sundowns, and secondly, to safeguard my players. Both of these responsibilities are crucial to me.”
Mokwena emphasized the importance of treating players as human beings first and foremost, before addressing them as athletes. He cautioned against taking actions that could negatively impact an individual in their personal life while targeting their professional life.
He refrained from delving into specifics, as he believed that matters concerning the club should be dealt with internally. Mokwena recognized that incidents occur within every football club and it was essential for the club to protect both its players and staff members as both professionals and human beings. He drew parallels between football and other industries, acknowledging that nobody is perfect.