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Rulani Hits Back At Mayele Allegations

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena says the game is played on the field, not on social media in reference to Pyramids striker Fiston Kalala Mayele.

The DR Congo striker was denied a visa to enter South Africa before their CAF Champions League encounter at Loftus Verfeld, which ended in a goalless draw.

Pyramids offered a good account of themselves and Mayele took to his official Instagram to state he was denied entry by Sundowns and sent a warning upon their match in Cairo.

Sundowns went on to win the match on Tuesday evening at the 30 June Stadium through a solitary strike from Teboho Mokoena, who himself went on to mock the prolific striker who had a substandard display against the Brazilians.

“We don’t play the game on Twitter, the game is not played Twitter, it’s played on the pitch and I can tell you, I come from a country where you are innocent until proven guilty, and for him to make those allegations is incredibly unjust to our football club,” Mokwena said.

“We are a club governed by integrity, honesty and fair play and we try our level best to be that type of club on and off the pitch.”

Sundowns are currently second in Group A, level on seven points with TP Mazembe after four games, with the five-time African champions holding a superior head-to-head record.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.