Mokwena: Sundowns players deserve more credit

Mamelodi Sundowns beat Royal AM 5-1 at Loftus Versfeld move to closer to clinching a sixth consecutive league title.

But it was the visitors who almost opened the scoring on the 20th minute when Sedwin George hit the upright from an unmarked position inside the box.

Two minutes later the floodgates were opened when Cassius Mailula scored the first goal of the match after exchanging passes with Neo Maema.

Sundowns increased the lead without putting too much effort when Royal AM goalkeeper, Xolani Ngcobo, failed to control Ricardo Nasciemento’s back pass for an own goal.

With three minutes remaining before the interval, Peter Shalulile scored his tenth league of the season. The Namibian completed his brace six minutes after the break hitting a half volley after Ruzaigh Gamildin failed to clear Aubrey Modiba’s corner kick.

Midway through the second half, Latshene Phalene unleashed a powerful shot into the roof of the net to reduce the deficit.

And it was it was Mothobi Mvala who scored the fifth with a header to give his side a well-deserved 5-1 win.

“They could have scored first, we made one mistake at the back,” Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena told Supersport after the match.

“The first ten to fifteen minutes was box-to-box – we created chances that side, they created few chances, Mthobi [Mvala] slipped a little bit but Grant [Kekana] was very good.

“But were so close from keeping a clean sheet and great strike by Phalane. But I’m so proud of the players and congratulations to them. I’m super proud. It’s unbelievable what these players are doing and they deserve a lot more praise than they get. Some of the goals, they scored some incredible goals.”

*Image courtesy of Mamelodi Sundowns

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