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Rhulani Mokwena: We were under pressure but we delivered

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Rhulani Mokwena, co-coach of Mamelodi Sundowns. Picture: Samuel Shivambu, BackpagePix

While Mamelodi Sundowns have been serial winners in recent years, the one major piece of silverware that has eluded them has been the MTN 8 final. Prior to their success this weekend, they had not won the MTN 8 title since 2007.

DURBAN – Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena admits that there were times when his side was under immense pressure following their 3-2 penalty shootout win over Cape Town City in the MTN 8 final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night.

The game was played in front of 2,000 spectators and marked the first time that fans were allowed to attend a high-profile PSL football match since the implementation of level five lockdown in early 2020.

“There were times when we were under pressure but that is also because they are a really good side and a have a good coach.

“The turn for them in the game was when they used a back three when they introduced (Terrence) Mashego. It would not be right to not mention how well they played. They were worthy opponents,” said Mokwena.

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Sundowns took the lead in the first half through Thapelo Morena. Cape Town City who are known to have one of the best attacks in the South African top-flight and it was hardly surprising when they equalized through Fagrie Lakay late in the second half.

Meanwhile, while Sundowns have been serial winners in recent years, the one major piece of silverware that has eluded them has been the MTN 8 final. Prior to their success this weekend, they had not won the MTN 8 title since 2007.

“We’ve delivered on the one that’s been missing from the cabinet and now we can focus on the lessons that we can take out. We have a very difficult PSL game against Maritzburg United on Wednesday. For now, recover, recoup and travel back to Johannesburg,” said Mokwena.

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