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Rulani Cites Mourinho Over Nku

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena has made a plea to the club’s fan over Lesiba Nku – citing Jose Mourinho’s plea with Real Madrid fans over Luka Modric.

Nku, 27, joined Sundowns ahead of the 2023/24 season and made 25 appearances across all competitions so far.

He came off the bench in the last two games, making a positive impact and Mokwena compared his situation to when Modric first arrived in Madrid.

“It’s something we’ve been speaking about. And it was actually started by Mabena because when we brought Mabena, he was the only one that could impact the game from the bench,” he told SuperSport TV.

“And then it became a topic to say ‘guys, if the young one can do it, well, what more…’ And now Lesiba Nku in two games in a row has done exceptionally well.

“You know, there was a moment when Jose Mourinho was coaching Real Madrid, and he asked them, the Madrid fans, to be patient with Luca Modric. Luca Modric went on to become probably one of the best players in the history of Real Madrid.

“And I’m going to do something very similar. I’m going to ask the Sundowns supporters to be a little bit more patient with Lesiba Nku. He is very, very special. He just needs time.

“If he adapts and he takes [off], they must be a little bit more patient. They will see why we signed him.”

Sundowns beat Royal AM 1-0 on Saturday, to move to 66 points and go 50 games unbeaten in the league.

David Kappel
David Kappel
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