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Mokwena Reacts To Carling Knockout Final Win For Stellies

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena says the Carling Knockout title was the football God’s repaying Stellenbosch and Steve Barker.

Mokwena’s charges who are in Cairo for their CAF Champions League group stage clash against Pyramids, were knocked out of the first round of the competition by TS Galaxy.

The Rockets went on to reach the final against Stellies and despite taking the lead, they went on to lose 5-4 on penalties after the 1-1 draw at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

But Mokwena feels there was a progression towards this title for Stellies, ironically, having knocked them out of the Nedbank Cup last season at the quarter-final stage.

Steve Barker, head coach of Stellenbosch FC and Rhulani Mokwena, Head coach of Mamelodi Sundowns during the DStv Premiership 2021/22 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Stellenbosch at Tuks Stadium, Pretoria on 14 May 2022 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

“Great to hear [that] Stellenbosch were crowned Black Label Champions, it’s been coming, they have been playing exceptionally well, especially the last couple of seasons, they’ve been strong, semi-finalists of most competitions and coming close,” Mokwena said.

“Eventually the football Gods repaid them and congratulations to Stevie Barker, who is a great man and great gentleman of football, he’s been in the game, and we look up to him as one of the Godfathers of the coaching fraternity in South African football. 

“We want to extend incredibly congratulatory messages as us Mamelodi Sundowns, congratulations to Stellenbosch, the players, the technical team, the entire football club and management.”

Stellies are currently fifth in the DStv Premiership, 10 points behind league leaders Sundowns.

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.