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Mokwena Explains Fallout Comments

Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Rulani Mokwena has explained why he opted to comment on rumours there had been a fallout between the Masandawana coaches.

The 35-year-old spoke to local media on Thursday ahead of Sundowns clash with Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday and was asked about a story by Soccer Laduma that there had been a fallout.

He did confirm the story was holding some truth but was blown out of proportion before insisting that coach Manqoba Mngqithi apologised and the issue had been put to bed.

However, after his comments became public, Mokwena received some backlash from followers on social media, who questioned why he opted to open up on the incident.

Mokwena then took to social media himself, via his verified twitter account, to clarify his position, saying: “I had people wrongfully tagging me yesterday when the story broke out. Hurling insults,” he wrote in response to one follower.

“I can’t allow people to wrongfully accuse me of things that dent my integrity and professionalism and I have kept quiet. I have friends and family that I must protect.”

There isn’t a problem. No one is a problem. Don’t let things get blown out of proportion. The issue published was dealt with internally and like I said in the presser, we move on.

In an earlier message, Mokwena also hit back at a user who called him “toxic” and “poisonous”.

“I’m toxic because I spoke the truth when I was asked a question. Maybe we are (a) country that doesn’t appreciate honesty,” he stated.