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Rulani – One Swallow Doesn’t Make A Summer

Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Rulani Mokwena says that while Denis Onyango made mistakes as they conceded their first goals of the season, the Ugandan goalkeeper had also been key in them setting their clean sheet record.

The DStv Premiership leaders conceded their first league goals of the season, and their first since they played against the same opponents in May this year.

Mokwena congratulated SuperSport and their coach Kaitano Tembo on the comeback, as their Tshwane neighbours came from two goals to force a 2-2 draw at Loftus Stadium on Wednesday.

“Ja, I think first is just to be gracious, and congratulate SuperSport United and Kaitano in particular, for staying in the game and fighting it through and and then getting a point,” Mokwena said in the post match presser.

“Ja, and we can’t fault the players for trying, the effort was there on the pitch. They ran hard and they gave a good account for themselves, but unfortunately, it wasn’t to be so ja, we take the point and we move on.”

With Denis Onyango arguably to blame for the first goal, Mokwena said players will make mistakes, and with goalkeepers, that tends to lead to goals, but the Sundowns coach quickly reminded that Onyango had also been key to their clean sheet record.

“Look, football is a game of mistakes,” he continued.

“And unfortunately when you are a goalkeeper – the good thing is you and I never played in goal so we don’t have the benefit of that experience – but a part to being a goalkeeper is their understanding that yours might be as more costly than many of the other players that are on the pitch.

“But the reality is Denis is Denis, Denis is a top, top, top goalkeeper, and as they say one swallow doesn’t make a summer.

“And ja, these are part of the game. He’s got our support, we will show the corrections and analyse the game like we always do, even when we win, we try to get the lessons and try to improve, and even in a difficult moment, like today was a difficult moment ,and we will still do our corrections and analyse, and that’s for everybody and not just Denis, but I know the state of football says that when you make mistakes, you become the scapegoat.

“So we have to refrain from that because how many other times has he helped us, when we’ve been talking about all these clean sheets, and the records that we were setting, a lot of it had to do with Denis.

“So let’s not be quick to forget. Let’s appreciate, let’s love our players and appreciate their efforts in good and bad moments.”

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