Sundowns’ Mokwena Says Player Development Is His “Highest Point”



Rulani Mokwena says the individual improvement he sees in Mameloldi Sundowns players is what gives him the most pleasure as a co-manager at Masandawana.

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Mokwena and Sundowns are still on track for a national treble, with MTN8 and DStv Premiership already in the bag and a Nedbank Cup final against Marumo Gallants still on the way.

sunsets on Saturday he will face Stellenbosch FC in the last home game of the Premiership season at TUKS Stadium, a chance to celebrate the league victory in front of their fans, although it will be presented with the trophy only at Chatsworth Stadium after the last Premiership match of the season at Royal AM on May 21st.

“The most for me, what brings me the greatest joy is seeing the performance of some of the players,” Mokwena said this week.

“(Khuliso) Mudau, from Black Leopards, Lyle Lakay, Brian Onyango. Everyone said ‘what are you doing by signing him (Oyango), he’s done’ and he was our best center in the Champions League. Peter Shalulile, no one expected him to do what he did (Shalulile has 22 league goals for the season and still has a chance to beat Collins Mbesuma’s Premier Soccer League-era record of 25 league goals in a single campaign.

“People asked why we were signing (Surprise) Ralani, and when he carved out 8/10 and 9/10 performances, they don’t talk anymore. Improving players is always what I have tried to do, when I was in Sundowns as an assistant, at Pirates as an assistant and here now. There have been many positive aspects, but one that prevails over all must be the evolution and development of the players. “

The Sundowns lost the Champions League, coming out in the quarter-finals, but Mokwena insists that this shouldn’t distract from their consistency in this campaign.

The team has had an exceptional season, everyone talks about the Champions League as a failure and obviously that’s something we’re not proud of. But if you look at the most successful people in the world, they don’t run away from their failures, they appreciate … and embrace them, “he added.

Because we blew the Champions League, everyone, everyone forgets our incredible season. We scored more goals than last season and kept more goalless goals. Our performance levels have probably been the most consistent Sundowns have ever had in the past five or six years. “