Rulani Mokwena: Mamelodi Sundowns Coach Unhappy Despite Draw With Rivals Orlando Pirates

Rulani Mokwena: Mamelodi Sundowns Coach Unhappy Despite Draw With Rivals Orlando Pirates

Robert Abong'o
February 18, 2024 at 5:46 AM
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  • Rulani Mkowena was not happy with Mamelodi Sundowns' results against Orlando Pirates
  • Masandawana and 10-man Buccaneers played out to a 1-1 draw in the DSTv Premiership
  • Mokwena voiced dissatisfaction with his team's show and criticized referee Thando Ndzandzeka

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach, Rulani Mokwena, expressed frustration following a 1-1 draw against 10-man Orlando Pirates at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday evening, February 17.

Despite leading courtesy of Marcelo Allende's goal, the Buccaneers quickly equalized from the penalty spot through Thapelo Xoki, leaving Sundowns to stelle for a single point after full-time.

This result maintains Sundowns' lead at the top of the DStv Premiership table, with 39 points from 15 games.

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach, Rulani Mokwena. Photo: TFG SportsClub.
Mamelodi Sundowns boss Rulani Mokwena was unhappy with officiating in the game against Orlando Pirates. Photo: TFG SportsClub.
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In a post-match interview with SuperSport TV, Mokwena voiced dissatisfaction with his team's performance and criticized the officiating by referee Thando Ndzandzeka.

“I don’t like the game today. It’s not a game of football. The first time that I didn’t like my team, not at all and of course, in a game of football, you need three good teams, and I don’t like my team today, I don’t think the referees were good today," said Mokwena in a post-match interview with SuperSport TV, as quoted by iDiski Times.

The Brazilians' coach also took responsibility for the team's performance, acknowledging his role in the outcome.

Before the game, Mokwena shared his emotions when facing Orlando Pirates, revealing his deep ties to the club through family connections. His father, Julius Sono, uncle, Jomo Sono, and grandfather, Eric Sono, were all former Bucs players.

"I'm not the same coach before when we prepare for Pirates and they know that because they know me very well. Unfortunately, it's one of those games that there's far too much to it and it's difficult to become less emotional," he told journalists at a press conference at the club's Chloorkop base, as quoted by SNL24.

Sundowns will face La Masia in the Nedbank Cup on Tuesday, February 20.

Thembinkosi Lorch speaks ahead of Sundowns debut vs Pirates

Sports Brief previously reported when Thembinkosi Lorch spoke before his Mamelodi Sundowns debut vs Orlando Pirates.

Lorch completed the high-profile switch to Sundowns late last month, shocking many fans, who must now get used to seeing the attacker wearing the Tshwane giants' jersey.

The 30-year-old spent eight years at Pirates, making 176 appearances and contributing 34 goals and 30 assists.

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