TS Galaxy vs Rulani Mokwena: Rockets' Owner Tim Sukazi Defends Integrity Amid Heated Legal Battle

TS Galaxy vs Rulani Mokwena: Rockets' Owner Tim Sukazi Defends Integrity Amid Heated Legal Battle

Robert Abong'o
May 24, 2024 at 3:00 PM
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  • TS Galaxy has taken legal action against Rulani Mokwena over defamatory remarks
  • Rockets's owner, Tim Sukazi, stressed that the issue was about upholding principles
  • Mokwena’s comments suggested Galaxy players intentionally injured Bongani Zungu

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The ongoing feud between TS Galaxy and Mamelodi Sundowns head coach, Rulani Mokwena, has escalated to the legal arena.

Rockets' owner, Tim Sukazi, has explained the club's decision to sue Masandawana's boss over defamatory statements.

The tension between the two teams boiled over following a 1-1 draw in their recent DSTV Premiership clash, leading to police intervention to separate the coaching staff.

TS Galaxy owner, Tim Sukazi, has taken Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Rulani Mokwena, to court of defamatory comments. Photo: TS Galaxy.
TS Galaxy owner, Tim Sukazi, is seeking justice over comments made by Mamelodi Sundowns boss, Rulani Mokwena. Photo: TS Galaxy.
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The rivalry has been fueled by a widely publicized war of words between Galaxy coach, Sead Ramović, and Mokwena over the past few months.

Sukazi stressed that the club's pursuit of legal action is not about the money, but rather a matter of principle.

"We are taking Rulani, not Sundowns, to court, and we are dealing with a matter of principle. He seemed to suggest our coach connived with the players to injure a particular player of Sundowns, and it is a blatant lie. If the court rules in our favor, we don't want Rulani's money, it is money we will donate to charity to help the needy. I don't want his money. It is just a matter of principle," he explained, as quoted by Times Live.

Sukazi said Galaxy gave Mokwena time to retract his statement, but he failed to do so.

TS Galaxy vs Mokwena dispute origin

The dispute stems from Mokwena's comments in a post-match TV interview following Sundowns' 3-0 victory over Galaxy on April 29. The Brazilians' manager suggested that the red card shown to Galaxy substitute Orebotse Mongae was a deliberate attempt to retaliate for a tackle by Sundowns' Bongani Zungu that broke Bernard Parker's leg in a Carling Knockout clash back in October.

Mokwena has chosen to refrain from further engagement in the ongoing controversy.

"There’s not much to say about the game, I’m not involved in football for these types of matches, so I don’t want to speak too much about the match," he said, as quoted by iDiski Times.

TS Galaxy coach Ramovic slams SA football pundits

Sports Brief reported that Ramovic strongly criticised football experts for failing to recognise his team's achievements this season.

Despite being fourth on the PSL table with 44 points, the coach feels his players are not receiving the credit they deserve from the media.

Ramovic highlighted the challenge his team faced after losing seven key players to other clubs but still reached the final of the Carling Knockout Cup.

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