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Mokwena – Shalulile’s Track Record Speaks For Itself

After Peter Shalulile scored the winner against Royal AM on Saturday, Mamelodi Sundowns’ head coach Rulani Mokwena has opened up about conversations he had with the Namibian striker this year.

Shalulile, who has been the most prolific striker in the country for the past few seasons, but has had one of his driest periods as a striker in 2024, scoring just four goals for the clubs in the calendar year. He has scored seven times in the league this season.

However, Mokwena has said that if any player was exempt from criticism from not scoring goals, it would be Shalulile, considering what he has done in the past.

“I talk to him, I speak to him on the phone, I have late-night conversations with Peter,” Mokwena told the media.

“I praise also parts of his game that you expect from a striker, and he does some exceptional work for us. 

“But also — I don’t know how this will be taken but I have to say it — because I think I think in life, let me make myself as an example, so people can understand. 

“No one can say to me that I am a coach that doesn’t believe in young players or doesn’t help players get better. Because from my whole career, there’s a track record that speaks about my work at Platinum Stars with players like Dino Ndlovu, Tato Thlone, it goes to my work at Pirates, it goes to my work at the Sundowns Academy with Percy, Mkhulise, the late Madisha, it goes here into this team where there’s players that have come in and they’ve improved, Cassius and all of that. 

“So from the criticism of not playing Mabena more regularly, I have to be exempt from that. Because if there is a coach that has shown over the years that he believes in youngsters, it is me, the record is there to speak for itself. 

“And I think that’s Peter, if if there is someone that is exempt from this Mamelodi Sundowns squad, from criticism about not scoring goals, it’s Peter Shalulile because the track record speaks for itself. 

“And sometimes this is what I say, you know, as human beings, we are very, very quick to forget. And I always say this thing, and this is so important because it transcends beyond football – Every human being wants to feel loved and appreciated. And love and appreciation is not only in the good moments, it’s also in the bad moments. And that’s where genuine true love is.

“And when a player like Peter who gives his heart and soul every single day when he’s on the pitch, even if he doesn’t score here, he runs, he presses, he creates chances for others. I mean, these types of players are allowed a couple of days, you forgive them for having a couple of off days because the the good days far outweigh the bad days.”

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