Mokwena: We have a big sense of appreciation

Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Rulani Mokwena, has expressed his admiration for his team as they extended their flawless start to the league season, securing their eighth consecutive home victory against Stellenbosch.

Despite falling behind early in the match, goals from Grant Kekana, Aubrey Modiba, and Siyabonga Mabena proved sufficient to reverse the deficit and maintain Bafana Ba Style’s perfect record in domestic league fixtures this season.

In the wake of their weekend triumph over Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 competition, Mokwena executed a strategic rotation of his squad. He later commended the substituted players for their commendable performances, which greatly contributed to the team’s triumphant outcome.

“It was a difficult game against a very good side, you know they are a team that can defend a 1-0,” Mokwena said after the match.

“I was a little bit unhappy about conceding because it’s something that we worked on, but we came back and we showed good character to come back and make it 1-1.”

“To go 2–1 up at halftime was a very good demonstration of the mentality of this group, and we kept playing, which is good because it’s not easy to keep playing against this Stellenbosh team, the are very well coached.”

“It was a good performance especially when you consider the number rotations, Reyaad Pieterse came in, [Bongani] Zungu, got good minutes & so did Mosa Lebusa. Lebo [Maboe] came in after a long long time out and did well. Thapelo Morena and Thapelo Maseko [did well] and it was good to see the young [Siyabonga] Mabena scoring.”

okwena’s team celebrated a remarkable achievement as they secured their 32nd consecutive unbeaten game in the league, establishing a new league record for the longest undefeated streak during the PSL era.

The Sundowns coach couldn’t contain his joy and expressed his immense pride in the club’s remarkable journey to reach this historic milestone.

“I’m very proud of the players, and the technical team. We’re very proud of our supporters, for staying for so long and singing and helping the players. We have a big sense of appreciation.
“And [congratulations to] everybody from senior management to backroom staff and everyone involved, it’s a big, big result against the only side to have beaten us so far.”

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