Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwane has lauded his team after they secured a commanding 2-0 victory over Chippa United in a thrilling encounter at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Bafana Ba Style continued their dominant run in the league with an opening goal in the first half, a brilliant strike from Aubrey Modiba put Sundowns ahead in the match. With more pressure applied on the Chili Boys, the hosts netted an own goal that further extended Masandawana’s lead before heading into the break.
It was an important win for Sundowns who are one of the eight teams that will take part in the inaugural African Football League (AFL).
Rulani Mokwena expressed his delight with the team’s performance and shared his match analysis in a post-match interview. He lauded his players’ dedication and discipline on the field for collecting maximum points against a side that was unbeaten coming into this clash, he said:
“I thought it was a good performance. I thought we played very, very well considering so many of these possibilities. We’ve got so many games at this moment and we don’t get enough training time. There’s a lot of regen and video anslysis, and that’s why I’m also very, very proud of the players because it’s not easy to do what they are doing and today we played against a very difficult side. A team that’s unbeaten so far in the league, or was unbeaten before this game and [they had] some big results against some very, very big teams like Chiefs and Pirates. To win here it was very important for us and this is why I want to give a lot of appreciation and gratitude to this fantastic group of players.”
“We are moving in every game, we are getting closer. Once we get minutes in the legs we are getting better and you can see we played so much better today in the first half. We responded very well to the game against a difficult opponent who respond for sure and try to be a bit more aggressive. You can see with the subs immediately at half time which we anticipated because the last time they were 1-0 down at half time they made three subs. We anticipated that they could look onto the bench and we preempted it and prepared for that, which is important because we do a lot of work and that’s why I say coaching is not a talk show there’s a lot of work that goes in behind the scenes .
(Source: Mamelodi Sundowns Website)