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Mokwena and Sundowns off to a winning start

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena is delighted that his team is off to a winning start.

Goals from Peter Shalulile and Lucas Ribeiro ensure that Downs secured three points on opening night as they overcame Sekhukhune United on Friday evening at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Mokwena’s troops manage withstand the Sekhukhune fightback to register their first win of the new season.

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“The first game of the season is always difficult, there are still a few cobwebs, there is still a bit of anxiety, we also don’t know so much about the opposition, it’s difficult without proper information to do the due diligence that we normally do,” said Mokwena

“The boys were very brave and put in a very good shift with a new formation and a couple of new schemes – with a couple of new players. It’s a good base, we can only improve and get better from here.”

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Mokwena hails brave effort and team work

The game took a turn in the early stages when Vuyisile Mncube picked a red card for a dangerous tackle on Teboho Mokoena. With Babinka Noko down to 10 men, Downs picked up the tempo and started creating chances in search of a second.

Mokwena reflected on how this impacted the teams performance and approach.

“I thought we did will in some moments, of course with it being the first game we still have to work on our cohesion and fluidity, it’s not going to come in the first game. It’s about four or five games to build the momentum, but whilst your are doing that [it’s important] that you still have moments of dominance and that you win games,” he said.


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