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Mokwena Raves Over The ‘Spanish Guitar’

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena was left pleased by the ‘Spanish guitar’ after their 6-1 drubbing over La Masia in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup.

Mokwena referred to the South American talents, Marcelo Allende, Matias Esquivel, Junior Mendieta and Gaston Sirino who all earned starts against the second-tier side.

Esquivel on his full debut since his reported R47-million move from Lanus in Argentina bagged a goal from a stunning free-kick and an assist, while Sirino walked home with the match ball after his hattrick.

Gaston Sirino of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates goal during 2024 Nedbank Cup Last 32 match between La Masia and Mamelodi Sundowns at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto on on the 20 February 2024 © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

“I don’t know [if they will start more together] we’ll see, I call it the Spanish guitar, I call it the Spanish guitar but they still have to play to the tune of the team,” Mokwena said.

“There’s no individuals or groups within the team, they are part of the Sundowns group and they were good, they were all good today. Good attitude, and a good mentality, it’s just a pit we had to take Mendieta off at half time.

“You could see they were trying to provoke him a little bit, it is what it is, and yeah, let’s see [what happens].”

Sundowns now travel to Mauritania to face FC Nouadibhou in a must-win CAF Champions League group stage clash at the Stade de la Capitale on Saturday (18h00).

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.