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‘Do It Like Pep’ – Khanye’s Message To Rulani Over Shalulile

Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Junior Khanye believes Mamelodi Sundowns will reach the CAF Champions League final, but also advised Rulani Mokwena to start without stuttering striker Peter Shalulile.

Shalulile has only scored one goal in 2024 so far, the only strike in the 1-0 win over TP Mazembe in the group stages, and Mokwena opted not to start him in the first leg.

But despite Sundowns needing to score to overcome their 1-0 first-leg deficit, Khanye – who is hosting his own Kasi Knockout Tournament this weekend, believes Mokwena should start without his marksman.

“No, no,” Khanye told this website when asked if Shalulile should start.

“Look at Man City yesterday, they scored four [without Haaland]. I don’t believe in the target man.

“If he can start with him, sometimes it’s a disadvantage for a team I believe because he’s lacking lots of aspects of the game.”

However, overall Khanye believes that Mokwena and his men will find a way to get passed Esperance Sportive de Tunis and book their final ticket.

“Yes, Sundowns is going to win tonight, Sundowns are going to win 2-0, they are going to the final,” Khanye told this website.

“I know Esperance scored [at home], a very decent team. I saw they have decent players, they understand each other as a group. I saw they were very prepared in the first leg.

“It wasn’t one of the best games of Sundowns, they were punished away. But I think it wasn’t enough goals for Esperance despite their home-ground advantage.”

The iDiskiTV analyst also stated that he hopes players like the club’s top goalscorer Lucas Ribeiro Costa, Themba Zwane, Marcelo Allende and Teboho Mokoena – if fit, can step up tonight.

“Rulani needs to attack, I know Esperance will park the bus,” he added.

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“They look like a team that wants to play more but they are facing a Sundowns that wants to win this trophy.

“They already won the league, according to me, and now their full focus is on CAF. I know this trophy means a lot to them.

With the players and individual brilliance they got, Ribeiro, Themba Zwane, Allende, Teboho Mokoena – those players were rested, they will come fresh.”

The game at Loftus Versfeld kicks off at 20:00 tonight.

David Kappel
David Kappel
David Kappel has served as a renowned international editor and content manager for almost a decade. David specialises in ensuring content and social media posts are highly engaging for football fans and was previously the international editor at Soccer Laduma. He is currently the iDiski Times website editor and social strategist.
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