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Mokwena Makes Kane Comparison To Shalulile

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena has cited a comparison of Harry Kane with Peter Shalulile when discussing his recent goal drought.

Shalulile, 30, is amongst the most prolific strikers in Africa and has won three Golden Boots in the DStv Premiership.

But he failed to score in the last six games heading to AFCON, where he also endured a difficult campaign, with no goal scored even though Namibia reached the Last-16 stage of the competition for the first time in history.

“Peter? Where is he mentally… I was reading something Thomas Tuchel said the other day and I actually could relate to it,” Mokwena said about Shalulile’s form.

“He said something like; ‘when the team wins and Harry Kane doesn’t score there is that level of unhappiness from Harry Kane, even though he’s happy the team has won and he congratulates and walks around with a good spirit’.

“But that level of selfishness, knowing I have to score and contribute to the success of the team, is a quality that top strikers have, it’s something Peter has. He puts a lot of pressure on himself to score and help the team win.”

Shalulile captained his side to a historic first win at AFCON as they beat Tunisia 1-0 with Deon Hotto netting a late winner, but was guilty of spurning several chances against the North Africans and in the 4-0 loss to South Africa in Group E.

They eventually qualified as one of the best third-place sides, having secured a point in the final group game against Mali.

“His performances in AFCON and not scoring at AFCON, you can see he’s carrying it a little bit, but okay he will overcome that because all very good strikers have very good moments and they have moments where it’s not so good,” Mokwena added.

“But what I like about Peter is that his overall game contribution is very good, he still presses, he still makes the movements, and he still assists us with a lot of other things from an offensive and defensive perspective which is all you ask of the players to do.”

Shalulie has found the net nine times this season with two assists in 20 games across all competitions for the Brazilians.

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.
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