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Mokwena Unhappy With Star-Studded Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena has admitted he has not been 100% happy with how his team has been playing, despite going unbeaten in the DStv Premiership so far.

After a number of rotated starting line-ups in the DStv Premiership in the past few months, Mokwena made fewer changes in his selection for Cape Town Spurs from the side that played CAF Champions League last week.

Having booked their place in the semi-finals, Mokwena opted to not make too many changes for Spurs, in a match that was won 1-0 thanks to Lucas Ribeiro’s first half penalty.

When asked by iDiski Times about this decision, and whether it was to perhaps have the players play themselves into some better form, Mokwena replied in the affirmative.

“100% The team needs more time on the pitch together,” Mokwena replied to iDiski Times’ question.

“We need to play. Ever since AFCON, you must just check the starting line-up of Sundowns – it’s change here, change there, change here, change here.

“But now, it’s the time of the season we have to develop a little bit more cohesive superiority, telepathy and you can see it sometimes when we play, sometimes you think it’s a misplaced pass, but it’s not a misplaced pass, it’s just a lack of intuition and telepathy.

“You know, we have to spend quite a lot of time on the pitch together, suffer together, and that’s what I want. I want us to struggle together. I want us to be good teammates for each other and help each other in the difficult moments.

“And that’s how very good teams develop. One of the things that I really think we need at this moment in time is to be on the pitch together for most of the time and that will help us to get better with our performances.

“Because if you listened to Ronwen’s interview, he actually leaked it out, he said ‘The coach is very unhappy with our performances of late’.

“And even though I speak in the change room and I tried to confine it to that space, but I have been putting a lot of pressure on the players and on the team to play better, but of course that has to come with results – more wins, more goals for Peter, more goals for Lucas and more goals for Tash, more goals and chances and assists for the offensive midfielders and that you can only get when you’re on the pitch together.”

Mokwena made four changes on Friday for Sundowns’ Nedbank Cup against Tuks, as they progressed the semi-finals, albeit on penalties.

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.