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Mokwena On Downs Winning Four Trophies: We Will Try

  • April 11, 2024
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Mokwena On Downs Winning Four Trophies: We Will Try

Mamelodi Sundowns are looking at the possibility of winning four trophies this season, but coach Rulani Mokwena has admitted that it will be difficult to task as no one has ever done it in South Africa.  

Mokwena mentioned the Kaizer Chiefs’ brilliant side under Muhsin Ertugral of 2001 that won the Mandela Cup, now known as the CAF Confed Cup, but they came short to claim the league title.  

Well, coach Ertugral, despite his team then being so beguiling and bewitching with Jabu Mahlangu at the height of that, failed to get the most important trophy locally, the league trophy.  

But they conned the term of Operation Vat Alles because they were so dominance, but the balance of power has shifted to Sundowns, who have claimed the African Football League in November.  

They are miles away from everyone in the league table and it is just a matter of matches before that one is sewn up, the most important trophy Mokwena described, for the seventh successive seasons.

They are in the semifinal of the CAF Champions League, where they will face ES Esperance of Tunisia in the two-legged tie later this month.   

This coming weekend, they will face the University of Pretoria in the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup.     

“But who has done it before?” Mokwena quizzed back when asked by Sportswire at the press conference of the Nedbank Cup in Sandton on Wednesday if they can win four trophies this season.

“As much as I want to do it, as much as we think about the possibility, for sure, it’s a very, very difficult task.  

“You must think about who has done it before. I keep saying, as a youngster, probably not even thinking about coaching at that time, I remember Muhsin Ertugral’s Kaizer Chiefs with the Operation Vat Alles, and even they didn’t win the league. 

“And they had such a good side, playing good football. I remember, I think the CAF Confederation Cup, when it was still called the Mandela Cup if I’m not mistaken (they didn’t win four), and they were such as good side. 

“But that already tells you how difficult it is in trying to win every single trophy. So, we must go game-by-game, trying to establish ourselves in every competition and put ourselves in the next round. 

“We have done very well now, so we just got to continue with our focus and continue and minimize in hearing of the noise.  

“There is a lot of noise out there, but we should focus on the task at hand – and we should be fine.” 

Sundowns, in the PSL era, have been able to emulate Orlando Pirates to win two treble but not back-to-back.    

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