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Mokwena Demands More Despite Unbeaten Run

  • May 13, 2024
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Mokwena Demands More Despite Unbeaten Run

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena remains unsatisfied despite his team’s dominant performance and unbeaten league record.

Although Sundowns secured a narrow victory against Royal AM on Saturday, extending their unbeaten run to 26 league games, Mokwena pushes for further improvement.

Peter Shalulile’s late goal secured all three points for the Masandawana at Lucas Moripe Stadium. This victory propelled them to 66 points after 26 matches, putting them five points shy of their record-breaking 71 points achieved in the 2015/16 season under Pitso Mosimane (Mokwena served as assistant coach then).

Notably, that season marked the first time a team achieved such a feat since the PSL format changed from 18 to 16 teams in the 2001/02 season.

While Sundowns hold a strong position in the PSL era, consistently dismantling opponents and controlling possession, Mokwena refuses complacency.

“I want more,” Mokwena declared. “I tell them I want more. They look at me like I’m crazy, but I want more. I want more passes, better recovery, improved training, and a focus on self-correction through match analysis. I want them to strive for excellence, both individually and collectively, on and off the pitch.”

His comments draw comparisons to Arsenal’s “Invincibles” season in the 2003/04 English Premier League, where they went unbeaten throughout the campaign. Additionally, Bayer Leverkusen’s historic 50-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga, culminating in a league title win, is another example.

When questioned about the prospect of Sundowns achieving PSL invincibility, Mokwena admitted:

“If I say we are not talking about it, I will be lying. I did ask the players when we would start discussing it, but haven’t received an answer. I raised the question during a team debrief session, but there was no response. I don’t think we are actively discussing it, to be honest.”

With the league title already a formality, Sundowns face Royal AM again on Tuesday at the Harry Gwala Stadium (19:30).

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