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Rulani Shellshocked After Nedbank Cup Final Defeat

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena was nearly lost for words as his side lost the Nedbank Cup final to Orlando Pirates after Relebohile Mofokeng scored in the 94th minute.

Sundowns scored the opener via Themba Zwane, but Pirates struck back via a penalty from Patrick Maswanganyi before 19-year-old Mofokeng stole the headlines at the death.

The teenager shiboboed Bongani Zungu before poking the ball past Williams to send Pirates and their fans into ruptures.

After the final whistle, Mokwena was visibly shocked at how Pirates turned the game on it’s head, as the treble slipped through their hands.

“I still don’t know what happened, I honestly don’t what happened here,” he said on SuperSport TV.

“Football can be very cruel, can it!? We miss a penalty, they get a penalty, they score, they equalise but we dominate the game, I mean…

“Then there is this free-kick that I don’t even think should be going that way. But ok, it’s what cup finals are all about – congratulations to Pirates. We take the lesson and we move on.”

Mokwena later stated that he believes Sundowns were the better side, but somehow still didn’t end up with the trophy.

“I don’t know how we lost this match, honestly I don’t know,” he continued.

“I don’t want to use injuries as an excuse because we should’ve won the game – only one team on the pitch.

“But anyway, it’s football, isn’t it.”

While Sundowns miss out, Pirates have now completed back-to-back cup doubles after lifting the MTN8 and Nedbank Cup in 2022/23 and 2023/24 under Jose Riveiro.

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