Rulani On Awards Snub
Rulani Mokwena has reacted to missing out on the DStv Premiership Coach of the Season award to Benni McCarthy.
The 35-year-old became the youngest coach to win the Premiership after him and co-head coach Manqoba Mngqithi guided Masandawana to their fourth successive league title.
Despite breaking multiple records such as going unbeaten away from home and losing just one match, Mokwena and Mngqithi were overlooked for the Coach of the Season award, which instead went to Benni McCarthy after he guided AmaZulu into second place.
“I’ve always retained the stance that football should not have individual awards. It’s my opinion,” he said, as per Daily Sun.
“No individual wins a game of football, You can put the coach in the touchline but without the quality of the players, without the works ethics, the ability to express themselves and help the team win, you can’t win matches.
“We’re not in the business of chasing individual awards. Of course, as you move on with the journey, awards become part of the process. But if you focus too much on that you lose track of what is most important. You have to keep sight of what’s important.
“We’ve delivered the championship trophy, which is the most important award.
“It reflects the hard work, the commitment , and not only that of just the coaches, the technical team, but that of the players, the management, the board and everyone that’s involved with Sundowns, including the supporters.
“Which one would you rather deliver? I’d rather deliver the championship trophy and if we get the coach of the season, it’s just part of the package.”
Despite Mokwena and Mngqithi missing out, several Sundowns players picked up awards, with Peter Shalulile walking away with the Footballer of the Season and the Players’ Player of the Season accolade.