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Onyango On Rulani Historical Talk

Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango has commented on coach Rulani Mokwena’s historical talk before extra-time in the MTN8 final.

Mokwena was caught on camera sending a motivational message to his players ahead of extra time in the MTN8 final against Cape Town City in Durban.

The 35-year-old mentor compared the match with Hector Pieterson’s situation who was shot and killed while protesting for his rights in Soweto in 1976.

The Ugandan goalkeeper says the words motivated him and they are used of these speeches as all three coaches do it often.

“It was a powerful talk, personally, I didn’t know much about Hector Peterson, but I could just imagine someone confronting probably the police or the army and being shot and showing how strong he is and fighting for his freedom or something,” he told Thomas Mlambo on Ultimate Sports Show on Metro FM.

“So for us, it was a message that we shouldn’t back down. We should keep going and keep fighting because it’s in our hands.

“I mean, these are the motivations, speeches that we want. Every coach has his own speeches, coach Manqoba (Mngqithi) has his own speeches, coach Steve (Komphela) has his own speeches.

“And we learn from these things because sometimes to go and fight hard, you need an inspiration, and you need such words.”

Masandawana take on Maritzburg United at Loftus Versveld Stadium in the DStv Premiership on Wednesday at 17:30.

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