Mokwena: We didn't prepare the players well

Premiership

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena says the coaches might not have prepared the team well enough for the clash against Royal AM.

The Brazilians won 3-2 in the end and at one stage cruised through a three-goal tally before Royal AM nearly snatched a draw with the help of a late double from Victor Letsoalo.

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“One of those, we won’t spend a lot of time on this match because we had…ok we won but we move on,” Mokwena told SuperSport TV.

Masandawana had drawn their previous match against Stellenbosch FC, and the preparations and performance against the KwaZulu-Natal outfit concerned a certain Mokwena.

“The less I say the better. Look, we also didn’t do our part as coaches. I think we didn’t prepare the team very well and you could see with the performance we struggled a little bit.

“But ok that’s one thing like AJ (Andile Jali) was talking now about controllables. That’s a controllable.

“It’s something we will analyse and get back on to try and improve the performance. But I hope there’s also analysis in other departments,” he said.

The former Orlando Pirates and Chippa United coach applauded their counterparts for the way they fought back despite going three goals down at one point.

“But others…ok good fight. I like Royal AM, I like the coaches. South African coaches are doing very well in this league. These local coaches, coach John Maduka is doing well.

“We’ve got Kaitano (Tembo) he’s doing well at SuperSport. Sekhukhune (United) have got a very good technical team these coaches are doing very well and that’s good.

“It’s good for South African football. It’s good for the local coaches and they play very good football Royal AM. So let’s rather stick to those.

“Let’s focus on the positives. Congratulations to them for fighting back from 3-0 good we move on,” Mokwena said.

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